October 25, 2022 (ENA) A
statement released today by African Union said that the Chairperson of the
African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat is pleased to announce the launch
in South Africa of the first direct talks between the Government of Ethiopia
and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF.)

The Talks are facilitated by
Olusegun Obasanjo, the AU High Representative for the Horn of Africa and former
President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, along with former President Uhuru
Kenyatta of the Republic of Kenya; and former Deputy President Dr Phumzile
Mlambo-Ngcuka of the Republic of South Africa.

Representatives of the
Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the United Nations (UN) and
the Government of the United States of America (USA) are participating as
observers to the AU-led peace process, it was indicated.

In this regard, the Chairperson
expresses his profound appreciation to President Cyril Ramaphosa and the
Government of South Africa graciously for 
accepting to host the talks in the spirit of pan-African solidarity to
find African solutions to African problems.

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.

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