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Monday, 5 July 2021

Ethiopia’s Tigray rebels say they will accept the government’s ceasefire — on several conditions

Ethiopia’s Tigray rebels say they will accept the government’s ceasefire — on several conditions Rebels fighting the Ethiopian government for control of the country’s Tigray region have said they will accept a ceasefire if Abiy Ahmed’s administration recognizes them as a legitimate government. Initially dismissing the government’s unilateral ceasefire as a “joke,” rebels for the first time have signalled they are willing to wind down the eight-month conflict, having driven out government forces from the regional capital last week. They are also demanding that Eritrea withdraw its forces from Tigray, an independent enquiry into alleged war crimes committed during the conflict, and humanitarian aid before laying down their weapons.

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