Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) to be recognized as a legitimate entity
The Tigray Interim Administration on Monday said that it has reached a consensus with the Federal government. Dimtsi Woyane Amharic service attributed the statement to Getachew Reda, president of the administration.
A day after attending the inauguration ceremony of the Adwa Memorial Museum in Addis Ababa, Getachew Reda had a press conference in Mekelle.
Dimtsi Woyane cited him as saying that an agreement was reached with the Federal government regarding the full implementation of the Pretoria agreement. However, Dimtsi Woyane Amharic’s service did not fully cover the story.
It only mentioned two points: the return of internally displaced people to their places – but the details of it were not disclosed – and “Tigray’s provisional unity to be respected and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front to be recognized.” The latter point is unclear.
Wazema radio reported – citing Getachew Press Conference – that an agreement has also been reached to resolve the issue of Defense Force Members who are arrested during the war between the TPLF and the Federal government.
It also reported that the interim administration stated its stand that it is not possible to organize a referendum in what his administration calls “areas that are held by force” given the reality on the ground. Again this position is unclear.
At the time of this writing, the Federal government has not disclosed anything in connection with the outcome of the meeting between Tigray Interim administration and TPLF leaders.
The Federal government and the TPLF leaders were holding an evaluative meeting in the office of the Prime Minister on Saturday to assess the implementation of the Pretoria agreement and the post-conflict reconstruction work in the region. Abiy Ahmed’s administration has been making claims that it has challenged tens of billions of birr to the region in the post-Pretoria agreement.
Days before the meeting, the Tigray Interim Administration released a statement in opposition to a statement from the Federal Ministry of Government Communication Services. The administration asserted that the controversy regarding Wolkait and Raya – areas it refers to as the Tigray region – has to be resolved according to the existing constitution. It argued that is what was agreed in the Pretoria agreement. The statement also made assertions that organizing a referendum is outside of the legal authority of the interim administration and the Federal government.
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