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AU-led Ethiopia peace deal hailed by all peace-loving people: analyst

Agreement for the Cessation of Hostilities between the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Éthiopia and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Tigray (TPLF). File Photo

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | Xinhua | The recently signed peace deal between the government of Ethiopia and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) is a success and relief to those living in the conflict areas and all peace-loving people, an Ethiopian political analyst has said.

“The peace deal, more or less, is very comprehensive, embracing most of the key issues, including cessation of hostilities, disarming of the rebel group (TPLF) and rebuilding affected areas, especially the Tigray region,” Ethiopian political analyst Andualem Sisay said in a recent interview with Xinhua.

The analyst said the agreement allowed the federal forces to maintain the country’s integrity, protect the nation’s border and have full access to the Tigray region.

The peace accord between the government and the TPLF was signed in Pretoria, South Africa, on Nov. 2, days after an African Union (AU)-led negotiation, which was facilitated by Olusegun Obasanjo, the AU high representative for the Horn of Africa and former president of Nigeria, along with Uhuru Kenyatta, the former president of Kenya, and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, former deputy president of South Africa.

The political analyst is optimistic that the possibility of breaching the deal by any party is minimal. Sisay said the people of Ethiopia, particularly those living in the Tigray region, are expressing delight over the cease-fire which would potentially end the sufferings they had gone through. “The cease-fire will at least save the lives of people who are going to die due to possible resurgence of the conflict.”

According to the analyst, the peace deal is also a relief to neighboring countries which have been receiving refugees fleeing the conflict in the eastern African nation.

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