NAIROBI, Kenya ( Associated Press) — A joint committee of the Ethiopian government and Tigray forces held a meeting in the region to outline disarmament plans as part of a peace deal signed last month over the two-year conflict, the government said. . Thursday.
The Ethiopian conflict has recorded more deaths than the war in Ukraine, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stressed on a visit to the country on Thursday to meet with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. According to estimates by health workers and academics, hundreds of thousands of people have died.
The Ethiopian Government Communication Service said in a tweet that the committee began its activities in the city of Shire on Wednesday. It is the first time the two sides have held official talks inside Ethiopia since the fighting broke out.
The peace agreement stated that Tigray forces would be disarmed within 30 days of its signing on 2 November, and that Ethiopian security forces would retain full control of “all major federal facilities and infrastructure, such as airports and highways”.
However, Tigray officials say disarmament cannot happen until the Ethiopian government expels fighters from Eritrea and the neighboring Amhara region.
Sources inside the Tigray region told The Associated Press that allies of the Ethiopian army are carrying out large-scale looting and arrests in the region.