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Vol 63 No 25

Published 15th December 2022


Tentative steps towards peace

The reluctance of some to negotiate, tricky problems between allies, and arm-twisting from the west make for a complex negotiating picture

The fledgling peace process between the Ethiopian federal government and the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front has evolved from a mere cessation of hostilities agreed in Pretoria on 2 November to ways of keeping that peace on the ground. But Eritrean troops remain in Tigray while President Issayas Afewerki signalled his determination to destroy the TPLF by deploying 20 to 30 divisions there. He has taken no part in a peace process of which he disapproves and unlike the Ethiopian government or the TPLF, is immune to pressures to play ball.

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