Tigray: Humanitarian aid for ‘immediate flow’ after government and rebels agree

Tigray: Humanitarian aid for ‘immediate flow’ after government and rebels agree
Tigray: Humanitarian aid for ‘immediate flow’ after government and rebels agree

Tigray: Humanitarian aid for ‘immediate flow’ after government and rebels agree

Tigray: Humanitarian aid for ‘immediate flow’ after government and rebels agree

Both sides signed a “road map” for the implementation of the peace agreement

Saturday – 18 Rabi’ al-Thani 1444 AH – 12 November 2022 AD

Marshal Berhanu Gula, Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian Armed Forces (left) and General Tadesse Warede, Commander-in-Chief of rebel forces in Tigray after signing the accord (EPA)

Cairo – Addis Ababa: «Asharq Al-Awsat»

Ethiopian federal authorities and Tigray rebels on Saturday agreed to facilitate the delivery of “humanitarian aid to all who need it” in the northern Tigray region, which has witnessed a bloody conflict for two years.
Last week, both sides held high-level talks in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi on the mechanisms to implement the 2 am Authority to Tigray and the delivery of relief supplies.
The people of Tigray have been suffering from power, communications, banking and fuel outages for months, as well as the difficulty of getting international aid. At a press conference in the Kenyan capital on Saturday night, representatives of the Addis Ababa government and the rebels announced their agreement to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid to the Tigray region.
The Nairobi Accords provided a “road map” for the implementation of the Pretoria Document, which includes disarmament of the Tigray Defense Forces in conjunction with the withdrawal of Eritrean and Amhari forces, and disarmament of heavy weapons in conjunction with the withdrawal of foreign troops and non- Ethiopian forces from the region.
The agreement, signed by Marshal Berhanu Gola, chief of staff of the Ethiopian Armed Forces, and General Tadesse Waredy, supreme commander of rebel forces in Tigray, also provides that “humanitarian aid will reach all who need it”.
Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, the African Union’s special envoy and sponsor of the negotiations, said its implementation would have “immediate effect”.
The conflict in Tigray dates back to November 2020, when Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed dispatched the federal army to evict regional leaders who had questioned his authority for several months, accusing them of attacking federal military bases in the region.
The Tigrayan rebels were defeated early in the conflict but regained control of most of the region in a 2021 counteroffensive that extended to Amhara and Afar and approached Addis Ababa. The rebels then withdrew towards Tigray, which has since been cut off from the rest of the country and bereft of electricity, telecommunications networks, banking services and fuel.
Aid is flowing to Tigray like never before, according to the National Security Advisor to the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Ambassador Ridwan Hussein.
Hussein said in statements by the Ethiopian News Agency that 35 trucks with food and 3 trucks with medicines had arrived in the town of Sherry. Radwan explained that flights would be allowed, adding that services would be reconnected.
He reiterated that so far there is absolutely no obstacle to humanitarian access.
For its part, the government’s National Disaster Risk Management Committee announced that “all humanitarian corridors are now open to all three conflict-affected regions in Ethiopia.” “Following the signing of the peace agreement between the Ethiopian government and the Tigray Liberation Front, the government has opened air and land transportation to supply war-affected states of Tigray, Amhara and Afar,” Shiferu Tekle Marim, National Commissioner for Disaster Risk Management, said.
According to the commissioner, “The four main corridors that reach Tigray also cover the states of Amhara and Afar.”
Briefing the UN humanitarian organizations, the commissioner called for their support for the relief effort to be stepped up, adding that “there will be joint monitoring activities with international humanitarian organizations on the performance of the relief shipments”.
In the South Africa Peace Agreement, the two parties pledge to “end a permanent cessation of hostilities between the two parties to the conflict and to disarm and demobilize Tigray Liberation Front fighters in preparation for their reintegration into the regular armed forces that will serve the caretaker government in the area.” formed by Tigray, while frontline fighters are being rehabilitated by a national committee approved by the Ethiopian Council of Ministers.


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