World and regional leaders welcomed the peace agreement, saying it was the first step to ending the bloody war.
Regional and world leaders have praised peace agreement between the Ethiopian government and the Tigray rebels was signed on Wednesday, raising hope for millions of people displaced after nearly two years of deadly war.
Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, the African Union’s mediator, said the agreement marked a new “dawn” for Ethiopia.
The fighting that broke out in November 2020 pitted regional forces from Tigray against the federal army of Ethiopia and its allies, including forces from other regions and neighboring countries. Eritrea. It has kill thousands of peopleMillions of people were displaced from their homes and left hundreds of thousands on the brink of famine.
Here’s a quick rundown of reactions to the deal.
Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of Ethiopia
“The agreement signed today in South Africa is of great significance in moving Ethiopia forward on the path of reform that we undertook four and a half years ago.
“Our commitment to peace remains steadfast. And our commitment to working together to execute the deal is just as strong. “
Olusegun Obasanjo, African Union mediation team leader
“The two sides to the Ethiopian conflict have officially agreed on the cessation of hostilities and disarmament in a systematic, orderly, rhythmic and coordinated manner.
“This moment is not the end of the peace process. The implementation of the peace agreement signed today is crucial to its success.”
Getachew Reda, head of the Tigray . delegation
“Peace-making proved more difficult, more difficult and elusive than presiding over the killing of women and children and destruction of property.
“The war of the past two years has claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and has turned Ethiopia, once on the cusp of economic progress, into a parody of itself and caused immense suffering to its people. Tigray.”
Ned Price, spokesman for the US State Department
“The African Union’s announcement of the signing of an end to hostilities between the Ethiopian government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front represents an important step towards peace.”
Stephane Dujarric, United Nations spokesman
“This is a very welcome start, which we hope can begin to bring solace to the millions of Ethiopian civilians who have truly suffered in this conflict.”
Josep Borrell, EU Foreign Policy Director
“Further negotiations are encouraged to reach a permanent ceasefire and launch broader political negotiations.”
James Cleverly, British Foreign Secretary
“Welcome the important agreement between the Ethiopian Government and the Tigrayan government to end the terrible conflict in northern Ethiopia.
“I applaud their peaceful choice, and the reconciliation efforts of the African Union, South Africa and Kenya. The UK stands ready to support the peace process”.
Naomi Kikoler, leading expert and mass atrocity strategist at the Holocaust Museum’s Center for Genocide Prevention of the United States
“We must remain vigilant in the days and weeks ahead. Normally, civilians remain vulnerable to mass atrocities when peace agreements are being worked on. Ensuring the implementation of the agreement, including the departure of Eritrean forces, which the government was not involved in negotiating, is crucial.”
Uhuru Kenyatta, former President of Kenya, who moderated the negotiations
“The long-term solution can only be through political engagement and being able to accommodate our differences, our diversity, while maintaining a unified Ethiopia. I hope that all sides will come back and … start the dialogue process. The long-term solution can only be dialogue”.