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Tadesse Worede signed Nairobi agreement as “Tigray Combatant Commander,” not as TPLF forces commander

The TPLF hails the Pretoria agreement as good but it says TPLF was not a party to the discussion 

Tadesse Worede signing the Nairobi Agreement on November 12, 2022 (Photo : SM )


A document from the Nairobi agreement that was signed between the Ethiopian Defense Force Chief of Staff and Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) military commander on disarmament indicates the agreement is not concluded with the TPLF. 

In the ending part of the document where the two representatives put their respective signatures, Tadesse Worede is addressed as “Commander, Tigray Armed Combatants” instead of TPLF combatants.  In the same document, Field Marshal Berhanu Jula is addressed as “Chief of the General Staff of ENDF” 

Tadesse Worede agreement
Document from the Nairobi Agreement (image :SM)

Weeks after the initial agreement,  the TPLF as an organization is breaking its silence. It is contesting that it did not send its negotiators to South Africa or Nairobi.  The claim it is making is that the agreement is between the Ethiopian government and the “Tigray government.” 

“There is no body that went to the peace talk representing the TPLF. In the peace agreement, the description ‘TPLF combatants’ needs correction. TPLF does not have combatants. The combatants in Tigray are not that of TPLF’s but Tigray’s” 

Furthermore, it made claims that the regional government was elected legally. 

However, the peace agreement signed in Pretoria did not give recognition to the “Tigray government” or for the election that the TPLF organized in the region months before it attacked the Northern Command of the Ethiopian Defense Force on November 4, 2020 – an incident that triggered the two years war. 

It has also agreed, in the peace agreement,  to the principle that there should be only one Defense Force in the country. 

On the one hand, the central committee of TPLF said the peace agreement will bring about peace, and ensure justice and accountability. 

When the African Union announced the peace talk invitation last month, it was clearly indicated that the talk was between the Ethiopian government and the TPLF. 

At the time, the TPLF leaders responded to the AU call made to the Ethiopian government and the TPLF. The letter was signed by Debretsion, TPLF chairman. 

It is unclear why the TPLF is making claims ten days after the agreement was signed. 

When FM Berhanu Jula arrived in Addis Ababa, on Sunday, from the implementation agreement talk, he spoke on a positive note saying that the negotiation was conducted in good spirits. However, he said that there are “groups who do not want the agreement from here and from there.” The identities of the groups who are said to be not happy with the agreement is unspecified. 

The response to the agreement was overall good although there is a noticeable skepticism that the TPLF would not respect the agreement.  There are also views that make speculations that the TPLF is planning to adopt an Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) style struggle by disowning the armed combatants. 

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government has a habit of glorifying petty gains – sometimes when there is none.  Although the desire for peace among Ethiopians – including in the Tigray region – is clearly strong, it remains questionable if the TPLF  would respect the agreement and disarm its forces whose existence it is denying now. 


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  1. Really? This what I was talking about as a hydra-ahead TPLF outfit. If I’m not mistaken , this Tadesse Wareda was the guy who was parting in Hargeaisa and Puntlland regions of Somalia and enriched himself by collecting tax money and elicit goods and drugs across the international borders as de facto Ethiopian ambassador cum spy of the igovernment over 26 years. Now wonder he has his own guerilla outfit right now.

  2. Really? This is what I was talking about as a hydra-ahead TPLF outfit. If I’m not mistaken , this Tadesse Wareda was the guy who was parting in Hargeaisa and Puntlland regions of Somalia and enriched himself by collecting tax money on behalf Ethiopia plus elicit goods and drugs across the international borders as de facto Ethiopian ambassador cum spy of the igovernment over 26 years. Now wonder he has his own guerilla outfit right now.

  3. FREE innocent Historian/journalist/ Senior Citizen TADIOS TANTU
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    Free innocent Temesgen Desalgn

    This is not a good solution for lasting peace at all because it does not include Amhara who is the owner of the land that TPLF want to steal and eat while the Oromo Prosperity Party is portraying itself as the donor when it has no right to give that is not Oromia.

    It is also so secretive and kept in closed doors unlike good news because it does not contain fair, justice and legal information that Amhara deserve and waiting for 30 years brutal years.. The Secret and tights lips speaks for that. They know Amhara will never accept a deal like the 1991 that made Amhara land theft victims,

    It also excluded Afar who also paid the highest price for TPLF and Prosperity Party war.

    Secret and sinister agreement is always present between TPLF , OLF and the Oromo Prosperity Party / Berhanu Jula who is not shy to showed comfort and relaxation when met for photoup with TPLF in Pretoria. The point is that this is not accepted by Amhara people that lost so many precious lives and livelihood’s over the proxy war between TPLF and Prosperity Party.

    However the ,MAIN and KEY BODY of the negotiation , THE Amhara was deliberately and out of fear was excluded from this secretive talks. Even Demeke Mekonen was not seen after all after Abiy Ahmed bragged to have one “Amhara person” to send to that meeting.

    The same sinister agreement had been done between TPLF and OLF when they scrambled for Amhara land in 1991. 27 years later the student OLF got the worse sinister than its teacher TPLF and threw TPLF out of power. While fighting for Power they picked Amhara and Afar land who are their main obstacle power and lootings. .

    Of course creating violence to steal land money and Power is TPLF and OLA nature. Demanding and crying like a brat kid to have what does not belong to TPLF is TPLF nature. This greedy drama encircled with violent and merciless killings worked for 27 while Amharas have to suffer from the daily imprisonment, killings, abuses and inhumane treatments that got worse when Abiy Ahmed came to power.

  4. The heroic and unique people of Tigray have rejected the agreement because it entails capitulation and violation of the sovereignty of the ancient nation of Tigray. The Tigrayans will have no option but to continue their just war which they will win in the end. Their forces advanced to Addis Ababa last year but were ordered to withdraw to allow for peace. This withdrawal is wrong because it has not created peace. The enemy forces are now in Tigray and killing its people but our victory is coming soon.

    • While you are writing this inane comment from a safe distance, you are not ashamed to condemn the poor people of Tigray to fight an unwinnable war. Don’t instigate a war that you are not willing to fight in!

  5. So the loud mouth TPLF propagandist excuse my French, I mean, TPLF spokesperson, aka Getachew vodka that was seen reading parts of the agreement in Pretoria then was just there for photo shows ???

    These buffoons are so muscle headed. To the average Ethiopian which includes Ethiopians living in Tigray who are brothers and sisters, wives, husbands, mothers and fathers to other Ethiopians, it does not make a single difference, whether you call yourselves, TPLF, TDF, crocodiles or lizards or parrots. Your group is an insurrectionist and outlawed collection of riff ruffs, that has been designated as a TERRORIST group that steals, murders and causes mayhem. You will disarm, your criminal mafia leaders will be tried under the laws of the land, and justice will be meted out. The same will happen to your buddies called OLF, Shane or whatever, nobody really cares what you call yourselves. You will be taught to respect the rule of law, you will be taught to earn your living through good old fashioned concept called “get a job” and you will be taught to stop stealing, to stop killing and to act like a human being.

  6. It does not matter if he signed his name as a commander of Winnie the Pooh army. This is not just between the two generals but was sanctioned by AU and USA. There is nothing than be done legally to invalidate the peace agreement sign in Pretoria.
    But I am not that naive to expect everyone on both sides will give his or her blessings to the agreement. We should expect that some still armed diehards among the TPLF riff raff that will take to the bushes or stay in town and engage in various crimes such as homicides and robberies. Shane is the glaring example. These ruthless vagabonds have been roaming in pockets of Oromia killing and pillaging just to make news. They burn places of worship with innocent citizens inside just for publicity. First they were killing innocent peasants to start an all out bloody conflict between the two fraternal peoples of Amhara and Oromia and when that did not work they are now killing mostly their own people. What is left for them is killing themselves which is inevitable.

  7. After Terrorist TPLF lost the war miserably, killing thousands. raping, looting and destroying properties this so called agreement is a newly devised loser technique to get Amhara land that was stole in 1991 and to scape from facing justice for thousands of lives they killed and many heinous crimes they committed in Amhara, Afar and Tigray.

    The so called Constitution concocted by Terrorist TPLF and OLF who came as rebel groups out of cages helped by foreign enablers with hunger to kill and steal Amhara people and land will never be accepted or allowed to happen ever again by Amharas.

    Before daring to call what Terrorist TPLF calls constitution those Terrorist TPLF and OLF should learn how to work hard and earn their living as normal human beings.

    TPLF and OLF should also be tried and punished under International and laws of the land. There should be no negotiation with notorious Terrorist criminals. The Police and Army should turn their face to OLF that freely roam around, massacring , looting, abducting and demanding ransom by kidnapping and killing Amharas.

  8. Hasn’t the TPLF claimed to have won almost a hundred percent of the votes in the last regional election? How did the split come about between the Government of Tigray and the TPLF? I guess the TPLF is living up to its well-deserved reputation as a devious negotiator. No matter what, it will never win a war against an entire nation.

  9. Hey Ittu! This is Af-mishar!
    Hi there! Whattabelike?
    What it is, bro! I am ready and gonna make a big announcement this coming Friday but I will tell you what it is now. It is between the boys and no telling others about it before I make it official.
    Okay, I will bear your secrets. What is the big announcement you gonna make?
    You know I am the tallest man ever lived. Right?
    Yes you told me that already.
    That is why I have one of my feet standing at the center of Mogadishu and the other one anchored right on the eastern bank of River Awash?
    How is that?
    Because everything east of the Awash River belongs to my Somali Wayne.
    Says who?
    My idol and mentor Ziad Barre said so. He was the most genius military commander ever waged a war.
    If so why did he lose the 1977-78 war?
    That is because the flawed foreign policy of US government.
    How is that?
    Because the US government gave Mengistu F5 fighter jets and refunded millions.
    No that is not right. They were already paid for by the previous administration of the late emperor. So business is business.
    No the US foreign policy for the Horn of Africa was flawed and I am the only one who knows the right fix.
    Okay continue.
    When that member of the US congress sought me out and met me at the gas station where I was hustling 42 years ago, he had already heard about me. I told him about the flawed policy.
    What was his name?
    I forgot his name.
    Okay continue.
    He encouraged me to go school and heeding his advice I took the SAT test and scored the perfect 1600 point. No one met that record since then.
    Why? Do you doubt me, Ittu? You must be one of those Oromummas or Neftegnas.
    Okay continue.
    Then I finished college with the highest honor ever. 25,000 big and small companies wanted me to work for them with hefty signing bonuses. I chose one and have been there ever since. But the US foreign policy for the Horn of Africa continued to be flawed. So one day 30 years ago my boss came to my office very nervous and scared told me there was this big man from the US congress looking for me. We met outside and he told me everyone in the congress had heard about me and he was there to get the first dibs from me. I told him how it can be fixed.
    What was the congressman’s name?
    I forgot his name. 20 years ago another member of the congress came and met with me. I told him everything.
    What was his name?
    I don’t remember his name. That was a long time ago, Ittu.
    Okay continue.
    About 10 years ago another senator came looking for me and told him how the foreign policy was flawed on HOA.
    What was the senator’s name?
    I forgot his name. Then last year two members of the congress came looking for me and told them the same thing I told the others before them.
    What are the names of the two members of the congress?
    I don’t remember their names now.
    You know Af-mishar. You claim to forget the names of all congressmen who came to see you and met you. Weird!
    Why is it weird not to remember names? You are the one who questioned that. I told the same story to an Oromo convention but they were not like you. They were all gobsmacked and gave me a standing ovation.
    So what is your big announcement?
    I am gonna announce my candidacy for the presidency of the USA.
    No you can’t do that.
    Why not? I’m a US citizen.
    Because you were not born here.
    I’m not worried about that. 80% of members of the US Congress have already given me the green light. Then on my first day in office I will make foreign policy toward the HOA right for the first time in history. He Ittu, next time I will tell you what I witnessed at the Jigjige(Jijiga) airport about two weeks ago. I was there and saw it with my own eyes.
    Okay I look forward to that.

  10. Hey Ittu, it’s me again.
    I know it’s you Af-mishar.
    I will finish that I started telling you the other day before we were rudely interrupted by Oromummaas and Neftegnas.
    Okay continue.
    As the tallest man that ever lived it did not labor me too much to zoom into Jijiga airport about two weeks ago.
    What went down at the airport?
    When I was just strolling inside the airport I noticed the federal police was beating selected travelers for no reason.
    How did they select people to beat up?
    They were beating up Somali travelers only. There was human blood flowing like my Awash River?
    How is Awash River yours?
    Because it is part of the Somali Wayne territory.
    I don’t know about that. Okay continue.
    Then I heard a screeching noise from around the screening post. I saw this Somali lady screaming at someone on the phone. She had two men on the conference call and was letting them have it, man! When I got close to her I discovered the two men she was screaming at were Abiy Ahmed and Mustefe. Because I know how they sound like.
    I don’t know about that but continue.
    She was telling them that she was getting tired of seeing them oppressing her Somalis. She threatened them with region wide protest and a war.
    What was their response?
    I could hear them trembling and I heard them one telling the other ‘we have to do something about this lady. She finished talking and continued waiting for her turn to get a boarding pass. I then went back to a resting area just chillin’. Then all of a sudden I heard this loud noise and I thought was a firecracker. When I rushed to the scene I saw that Somali lady lying dead on the floor in a pool of blood. And I saw the two shooters running through one of the doors. One looked like Abiy and the other one Mustefe. You see Ittu, that happened because US foreign policy for the Horn of Africa has been flawed since 1977-78 and that was why I decided to run for the presidency of USA. I’m the only one who has the intelligence to make it right.
    Hey Af-mishar. How do you know the two men who shot that Somali lawmaker were Mustefe and Abiy?
    Because I know those two guys from the back of my hands. I don’t expect you to believe me cuz you are an Oromummaa or a Neftegna. Boy, I hate those two groups of people. Before I go I’m gonna tell you my latest feat. I finished running 4 mile in under 4 minutes yesterday and ascented the San Gorgonio Mountain in less than 2 hours today. I was told both were unpublished world records. Hey Ittu, when is your Itu clan vacating Western Hararghe?
    After hell freezes!!! Adios muchacho Af-Mishar aka smart aleck!!!

  11. One more thing. I have two candidates as my running mate for the presidency.
    Who are they?
    The first one is JJ.
    JJ, like Janet Jackson?
    No, Jihadi Jane, that is. She has proven herself to be extremely intelligent leader.
    Who is the other one?
    He is Gourdy Down Under.
    You mean Gordy like Berry Gordy, right?
    No. He is Gourdy like the plant gourd. He is mama’s boy. He loves his mama and his mama loves him back. He has a handsome face only a mother loves. Hey Ittu. I have a solution for your Itu clan.
    What is that?
    They can stay in Western Hararghe as long as they change their ethnicity from Oromo to Somali Abo.
    Keep dreaming bigot!!!!

  12. Don.Macdonald @ mail.house.gov

    Arya.Ansari @ mail.house.gov

    Re: Congressman Sherman on Ethiopia

    I trust my message will reach the congressman.

    I am puzzled by Congressman Sherman’s consistent and continued anti-Ethiopia rhetoric; perhaps you might enlighten me. How does his virulent views regarding an internal conflict in northern Ethiopia help him, US international interests, and the district he represents?

    It appears the congressman might have material and political support from immigrants who hail from a region called Tigrai in northern Ethiopia, as well as a pool of interest groups representing Ethiopia’s historical enemies, such as Egypt and other Arab states Your feedback will be most appreciated.

    Thank you.

    Teketel Haile-Mariam, PhD


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