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Uhuru finally honours Ruto’s call for peace talks over the Ethiopian war

Uhuru finally honours Ruto’s call for peace talks over the Ethiopian war after his conditions were met.

On Tuesday, October 25, former president Uhuru Kenyatta formally took over leadership of the Ethiopia-Tigray peace negotiations.

Two weeks after the initial plans to convene the talks on October 7 were canceled, the African Union announced that the negotiations had begun in South Africa.

The negotiations will be supervised by Uhuru, the African Union’s High Representative for the Horn of Africa Olusegun Obasanjo, and the former vice president of the Republic of South Africa, Dr. Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka, according to Moussa Faki Mahamat, the chair of the commission.

“The Chairperson is further encouraged by the early demonstration of commitment to peace by the Parties and to seek a lasting political solution to the conflict in the supreme interest of Ethiopia.

“The Chairperson reiterates the AU’s continued commitment to support the parties in an Ethiopian-owned and AU-led process to silence the guns towards a united, stable, peaceful and resilient Ethiopia,” read the statement in part.

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Uhuru had requested that the AU postpone the negotiations on October 7 due to his competing obligations.

Uhuru, Kenya’s special ambassador to Ethiopia at the time, requested the organizers to make clear the procedures to be followed during the mediation process.

In his letter at the time, Uhuru asked the organizers of the Ethiopian peace talks to consider rescheduling the peace talks.

Additionally, he requested more clarification on the structure and procedures of the discussions, including but not limited to the guidelines for conduct for each invited interlocutor.

He claimed that the explanation would get him ready for his involvement and engagement.

The Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the two fighting sides, have agreed to the peace negotiations, which are intended to resolve the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia.

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