Former Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta officially started overseeing Ethiopia- Tigray peace addresses on Tuesday, October 25.
The African Union verified in a statement that the addresses officially began in South Africa two weeks after the original plans to hold them were scrapped on October 7.
The African Union Commission speaker, Moussa Faki Mahamat, stated that the addresses would be overseen by Uhuru, the AU High Representative for the Horn of Africa, Olusegun Obasanjo, and former South African Deputy President Dr Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka.
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The addresses were laid over on October 7 at Uhuru’s request due to clashing schedules.
Uhuru, Kenya’s special envoy to Ethiopia at the time, also prompted the organizers to clarify the protocols to be followed in the agreement process.
“ I lament to inform you that I’ll be unfit to attend the AU- Convened Peace Addresses in South Africa due to conflicts in my schedule. ”
“ still, in the meantime, and as you consider the possibility of another date for the peace addresses. I would be thankful to admit farther clarity on the structure and modalities of the addresses, including but not limited to the rules of engagement for all the interlocutors invited. ” the statement read in part.
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In his letter at the time, the former Head of State also asked the peace addresses organizers to consider cataloging the addresses.
He also wanted further information about the structure and modalities of the addresses, including, but not limited to, the rules of engagement for all of the invited interlocutors.
He stated that the explanation would prepare him for his engagement and participation.
The addresses aim to end Ethiopia’s ongoing war, with both warring parties, the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front( TPLF), agreeing to the addresses.
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The war, which began in November 2020, has also affected roughly 5 million people, leaving them without introductory musts similar as electricity and banking services.