AU urges de-escalation amid renewed military confrontation in Ethiopia
Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat on Wednesday expressed deep concern over reports of renewed military confrontation in Ethiopia and urged de-escalation.
"The chairperson strongly calls for the immediate cessation of hostilities and urges the parties to resume talks to seek a peaceful solution," the AU said in a statement issued Wednesday evening.
Faki reiterated the African Union's continued commitment to working with the parties in support of a consensual political process in the interest of the country, the statement said.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Ethiopian government accused the rebel Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) of resuming fighting.
Meanwhile, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a bloc of eight East African countries, on Wednesday evening called on warring parties in northern Ethiopia to adhere to an immediate cessation of hostilities.
In a press statement, the bloc's Executive Secretary Workneh Gebeyehu said he was profoundly concerned at reports of hostilities on the border of Ethiopia's northern Tigray region and called on warring parties to prioritize dialogue.
"The executive secretary calls on all sides involved to immediately refrain from hostilities and escalation and recommit to dialogue to find sustainable peace in the best interest of the people of Ethiopia and the entire region," the statement said.
On Wednesday, Ethiopia's air force said it had shot down a plane
transporting weapons for the Tigrayan rebel People's Liberation Front
(TPLF) that had encroached on the country's airspace via Sudan, state
media reported, without providing details on the date of the operation
or the type of the plane.