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Ethiopian PM “ready to pay anything for peace,” TPLF says Wolkait “non-negotiable” 

The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) announced earlier this week that Wolkait is not negotiable and that it has to be “returned to the Tigray.” Ethiopian PM says “we have to be ready to pay a price for peace if there is any.”

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Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed during his appearance at the Ethiopian Parliament on June 14, 2022 ( Photo : Screenshot from EBC video)

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Tuesday confirmed much talk about unanounced government’s negotiation with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) when he told the Ethiopian Parliament that his government is working on peace negotiation.

The government has been denying for a long time now that there was no negotiation with the TPLF although the African Union envoy for the Horn of Africa, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, had been shuttling between Addis Ababa and Mekele meeting TPLF leaders and Ethiopian government officials. 

In his latest remark about the negotiation effort, Mr. Obasanjo said the prospect of negotiation is better than it was about six years ago. 

Abiy Ahmed, who appeared in the Ethiopian Parliament on Tuesday, on the other hand, made it appear as if the government has not yet started negotiation with the TPLF. 

“On the issue of peace,” Abiy Ahmed said during his speech at the parliament, ” a committee has been established.”  

He did not however disclose what the points of negotiations are. He said the committee, which is headed by the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Demeke Mekonen, will study the points and make them public. 

“The government is working to resolve the problems in a way that the interest of the people is protected,” Mr. Abiy added. 

However, he also sounded equivocal when he said that his government is  “ready to pay anything for peace.”

The TPLF has been claiming Wolkait, which used to be part of the Gondar region of Ethiopia before the TPLF incorporated it as part of Tigray after it took power with the support of the U.S. government in 1991, as a non-negotiable territorial claim. 

The U.S. government has been supporting the TPLF claim as it had been repeatedly calling for the withdrawal of Amhara special forces from what it called, just like TPLF, “western Tigray.” 

The TPLF also has territorial claims over Raya, another area that used to be what is now the Amhara region of Ethiopia,  which has recently been missing from conversation. 

Before the recent rapprochement, the U.S. government introduced a series of sanctions against Ethiopia, including banning Ethiopia from the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) export trade arrangement, as a tool to put pressure on Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government in what appeared to be a move to tacitly support TPLF.

In early January 2022, apparently, just a day after a phone conversation with U.S. President Joe Biden, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government released top TPLF leaders who were captured during a military operation in the Tigray region of Ethiopia in January 2021. 

In March 2022, the Ethiopian government announced a humanitarian truce although the TPLF forces continued to control parts of the Afar and Amhara regions of Ethiopia. 

The United States and the European Union had been accusing the Ethiopian government of blocking humanitarian access to the Tigray region of Ethiopia. There was even a claim about “genocide” in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.

The war in northern Ethiopia started in November 2020 when the TPLF attacked the Northern Command Post of the Ethiopian Defence Force in what was said to be a preemptive strike. 

The TPLF has been engaged in extensive militarization and defied the Federal government at least for over a year before finally attacking the Northern Command Post. 

The attack was reversed in a matter of three weeks in what the government called at the time “law enforcement operation.”  

However, the Federal government withdrew forces from the Tigray region which subsequently led to devastating TPLF military operations into the Afar and Amhara regions of Ethiopia. 

Millions of people were displaced. Thousands of people, including women and children, were killed and millions were reduced to a famine-like situation. 

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s officially announced plan to negotiate with the TPLF, the regional government in the Amhara region mounted a crackdown on FANO, local militia, under the guise of law enforcement operation.

Many Ethiopians who expressed an opinion about it on social media think it was a crackdown ordered by Abiy Ahmed’s government.  However, the regional government says the operation was free from internal or external influence. 

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13 COMMENTS

  1. Peace is not cheap especially when it is attained after bloody conflict. In our case both sides have fought bloody and destructive battles which hardened their opposing stance on how to end it. They have dug in trenches hundreds of miles long probably protected by personnel and other mines. If another all out war erupts it is going to be the most gruesome and destructive conflict to date with both sides damaged beyond repair and that is not funny, okay!!! It will be the youth the future heir to the country that will carry the brunt of the dying and being maimed. The country will shatter into a den of localized warlords and bigoted despots. Then we will see the entire 120 million people on the move that includes million who turned into irreparable deadly monsters by the bloody conflict they endured day and night. The sight of gushing human blood is like a budding red rose to these psychologically wounded survivors. 20-30 millions will burst into Kenya crashing its economy and society. 20 millions of them will rumble into Djibouti wiping its national coffers clean and writing off its existence. 20 million others will march through Sudan and Libya overwhelming everything that stands in their ways and will stand at the gates of Europe staring at every trembled country with terrifying blood shot eyes. The rest will remain under the rules of local warlords content to duke it out with each other to last human being. Without peace this is the country you will end up with.

  2. QUOTE: “{The United States and the European Union had been accusing the Ethiopian government of blocking humanitarian access to the Tigray region of Ethiopia”. UNQUOTE

    Humble Reaction
    I have a question.
    Since when did the above forces were in favour of INDEPENDENT Black African States with healthy cohesiveness among Black Africa Nations and develop their economic and sociological brotherhood among themselves ?!?!?!?!?

    Such far sightedness, by Black African, is a horror to ambitious and hungry colonizers. The aim of colonizers is to keep the Natural Rich African Continent to themselves —- by ANY means necessary. Example: The relationship with Tigray. It has absolutely nothing to do about “love” [ha ha ha ha ha ] with Tigray. It is laughable to even think about it. Tigray– and, in fact, all Africans — have always and will always be used. It is a fact as the fact that the World is ROUND.

    To FINISH IT ALL, AFRICANS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN USED & AND WILL KEEP ON BEING USED & FOR PROFIT BY SMART “ALECK” …………….please, finish its off ———— THE END

  3. A police state run by PP, chaired by Big Brother Abiy the Terrible now has unfolded right before all Ethiopians. Dissent from the Oromumma grandeur of illusion is disallowed. Deserters will be hunted, kidnapped and will disappear without trace. Human rights of non oromos will be violated day in day out. Courts and the judiciary are corrupted and will not honor the primacy of the law. The social contract between the governing despot Pastor Ayalkebet and sycophants, and the subjugated masses is thus broken. Welcome to George Orwell’s 1984 Oceania in Abiy the Terrible’s 2022 Oromia.

  4. Dear Editor,
    Excuse me for what follows
    I like — NO, I LOVE — your policy of giving 24 hours before you published all commentaries.
    I have my own reason based on my observation for a long time.
    KEEP ON GOING, BORKENA.COM

    Your Humble Reader, with appreciation for your website.
    THANK YOU

    • Thank you for the feedback. However, it is not a deliberate policy. Borkena is short-staffed and do not have moderator for the comments section at this point. Possibly we will have one in the future to resolve delay in publishing comments

  5. Tyrant ABIY AHEMD the Terrible meant he will do anything to stay in power. He is not a man of peace by any measure.

    Abiy the Terrible is Terrorizing and DISTURBING the PEACE in AMHARA ZONE.

    On one hand Abiy the Terrible praises FANNO gallant fighters and on the other hand he is hunting down the well respected and adored fighter of FANNO, Zemene Wasse and many other well known and loved by Amharas who fought gallantly during TPLF invasion and stopped TPLF from pursuing to throw Abiy out of Arat Kilo.

    The wanna be KING ABIY THE TERRIBLE is Terrorizing Amharas and those deemed threats to his Orommuma “ALL ADDIS ABABA and ETHIOPIA is MINE and ONLY FOR ME” wanna live in 50 BILLION BIRR PALACE by THRWOING OUT 500,000 Addis Ababans out on the street agenda.

    The killings, arresting and abducting innocent Amharas, the well respected HISTORIAN TADIOS TANTU, Children and TODLERS, Parent of Fannos, Temesgen Desalgn, The Balderas for True Democracy members, Journalists, Business men and women, AMHARA SPECIAL FORECES who DO NOT want to SHOOT and KILL innocent AMHARAS by any definition is not implementing the rule of law.

  6. Nobody watches Abiy’s circus anymore: too much monkeying around. The Carnival barker is just that, he just barks.

    The great news is nobody cares about this clown anymore. People just mute him out or change channels when ever this Oromumma despot shows his ugly true self to the public. Nobody is falling for his shenanigans and most importantly importantly, NOBODY CARES!!!!

  7. The more Abiy talks the more he gets uglies liar. This Notorious for creating chaos person called Abiy the leftover of EPRDF, cannot sleep in peace unless he brings chaos on Amhara people. With all the mayhem and calamities he pulled into Amhara Zone, Amharas are dealing with it with prayer, in peace and patience but NO, Abiy the Terrible must come up with another Terror and violence against the peaceful Fannos who do not match his description and excuse for his violence in Amhara Zone.

    Well loved, Zemene Wasse is not the type of person who will keep shooting at anything and disturbing Amhara Mothers. Buy Why Abiy Ahmed is harassing him? and well loved and respected Fannos?

  8. Dear Editors,

    Please don’t be distracted by good-for-nothing detractors. You have been the best waterhole for us to get our daily fill. I can sense you are busy on weekends. Believe me I know how it is in the hustle bustle of city life. This late septuagenarian had been there for more than 4 decades until he decided to start his sunset part of his life. I am proud of you and lucky to have you. Keep up the good work! Now go out and get it done!!!!!

    Blessings to you and your family!!!

      • You are most welcome.

        The problem with some among us has been we talk when we were supposed to listen and adhere to reasons first. We write when we were supposed to read with undivided attention first. We are so wired up to look for ‘enemies’ real and mostly imagined first before giving the golden rule of brotherhood/sisterhood a chance first. The style is if I can’t prove that he/she is innocent she/he must be guilty. First comes unwarranted suspicion then immediately followed by a cruel verdict of guilty. This has been a debilitating affliction since the rule of that demon Mengistu. This is the sad story that has been bleeding my heart for decades now.

        Keep chugging along!!! You are on the right track!!!!

  9. Free INNOCENT Journalist and Historian The Honorable TADIOS TANTU NOW !!!!!!

    The honest and highly respected for morality, knowledge and wisdom 80 Years old Political Prisoner of Dictator Abiy Ahmed.

    RELEASE TADIOS TANTU and Stop Government Sponsored Human Rights Violations, Abuse and Crime!!!

    Under the Terrible and liar Abiy Ahmed Historian and Journalists are considered criminals because they speak the truth and what is on the ground.

    Abiy Ahmed the Terrible, who grabbed power by cheating election and chairing his own election, Ethiopia is faced with more danger.
    The Orommuma Mafia Abiy now knowing he is not liked and disapproved by popular voice is openly engaged in placing wedges between people and religion. So far nothing worked. Now annoyed and angry Abiy the Terrible is trying to sway Oromos into his circle by telling them to go and fight in Afar, Somalia, Gambella and Amhara and invade those places in order to steal land and expand Oromia from east corner to all the way to Asab port. He knows this will not happen in million years because those massively united and populated people will not be easy for the minority Oromos to invade but does he care? Of course NOT!! He does not care if all Oromos are dead or alive as long as he is glued to power.

    He is now desperate and this is the plot he has devised for Oromos and to make Oromos the most hated people in Ethiopia.

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