Ethiopian government is yet to reveal the kind of support it is providing to disarming TPLF fighters
The Ethiopian government on Saturday has announced that it has established a National Rehabilitation Commission focused on disarmed Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) fighters.
It is said that the commission aims to help disarming TPLF fighters, in accordance with the Pretoria Agreement, transition to civilian lives and integration to the society.
The Ethiopian News Agency cited Benalf Andualem, Minister for Peace, as saying that the government is making preparations to help disarming TPLF fighters to help themselves.
The number of TPLF that are disarming is unspecified. Whether the government is planning to make financial support or skills training programs, it is unspecified.
When the TPLF launched an attack on the Northern Command of the Ethiopian Defense Force in November, it was believed to have well over 500,000 fighters in the form of special and militia forces.
A modest estimate from authorities who were involved in the peace negotiation between the Ethiopian government and the TPLF put the number of losses to about one million – both in the combat zone and outside of it.
Apart from the new rehabilitation program, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government has restored social services in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.
A day after he sent delegates, led by the speaker of the Ethiopian Parliament, to the Tigray region, Ethiopian Airlines resumed flights, the telephone line was reconnected and electric power was restored.
Distribution of humanitarian aid to the region was one of the key parts of the agreement. Benalf Andualem this week said that the government has provided over 106 thousand metric tons of humanitarian aid after the Pretoria agreement.
Olusegun Obasanjo, African Union Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa and the key figure in brokering the peace, and former Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta have visited Mekelle this week to assess the state of implementation of the Pretoria agreement.
Mr. Obassanjo has said that he has confirmed the distribution of humanitarian aid in the region.
A monitoring and evaluation team was established this week. It is drawn from the African Union and IGAD. The TPLF has reportedly disarmed heavy weaponry this week in the presence of the African Union Monitoring team.
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