UN Lauds Obasanjo’s Role as Ethiopia, Tigray Sign Peace Deal – THISDAYLIVE


*600,000 lives lost to conflict 

*It’s new dawn for Africa, says ex-Nigerian leader 

*Represents important step towards peace, says US

Emmanuel Addeh in Abuja

The Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, yesterday took special cognisance of the critical role played by Nigeria’s former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, towards the signing of a peace deal between the Ethiopian government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

Following efforts by the ex-Nigerian leader, the parties in the conflict in Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray have now agreed on a “permanent cessation of hostilities’’ just more than a week after formal peace talks began in South Africa.

The development, according to the US State Department spokesperson Ned Price, “represents an important step towards peace.”
“We applaud the parties in their commitment to peace in reaching this agreement. The United States remains committed to supporting this…

Source: Thisday Newspaper