‘Grasp this opportunity’, Guterres says, following announcements by Ethiopia and Tigray forces

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In the aftermath of caller developments successful bluish Ethiopia, UN Secretary-General António Guterres connected Saturday urged warring sides to prehend the accidental to bring an extremity to much than a twelvemonth of warring successful the Tigray region.

 Mr. Guterres has welcomed the Ethiopian government’s announcement connected Friday that the National Defence Force volition intermission astatine its existent positions, Deputy UN Spokesperson Farhan Haq said successful a statement.

He besides welcomed the connection from the Tigrayan forces stating that they had withdrawn from neighbouring Afar and Amhara regions backmost into Tigray. 

“The Secretary-General urges the parties to grasp this opportunity, cease hostilities successful the year-long conflict, instrumentality each steps to guarantee the proviso of much-needed humanitarian assistance, the withdrawal of overseas fighters, and code governmental differences done a credible and inclusive nationalist dialogue,” the connection said.

The Secretary-General encouraged the parties to proceed engagement with the African Union High Representative for the Horn of Africa, erstwhile Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo.

He besides underlined the UN’s afloat enactment of Mr. Obasanjo’s mediation efforts, and called connected the planetary assemblage to play a constructive relation successful supporting an extremity to the fighting.

Last week, the UN Human Rights Council successful Geneva held a peculiar league wherever countries voted to found an planetary adept committee to analyse allegations of violations during the conflict.

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