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Foreign Minister Taye held talks  with US Assistant Secretary of State Molly Phee

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Toronto – Foreign Minister Taye Atske Selassie on Friday met with  Molly Phee, US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, and Ambassador Mike Hammer, US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia , Molly Phee is briefed about “progress of the implementation of the Pretoria Peace Agreement.” 

The United States government has been pushing for Transitional Justice in connection with the two years war that is said to have claimed nearly one million lives from Afar, Amhara and Tigray regions of Ethiopia. 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that FM Taye “elaborated on the status of the Transitional Justice and National Dialogue processes,” but did not disclose details about the status. In a recent statement, Tigray Region Interim Administration said “transitional justice” is not something that could be achieved through a campaign insinuating the need for expertise and involvement of neutral actors and professionals. 

Taye is also said to have informed the U.S. delegation about “Federal Government’s unwavering commitment,” about the implementation of the Pretoria Peace Agreement and Transitional Justice. 

Last week,  the Ethiopian Prime Minister held a meeting with Tigray Region Interim Administration and Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF)  leaders to evaluate the post-conflict reconstruction work in the region and implementation of  the Peace Agreement. Abiy Ahmed’s administration has not released details about the outcome of the two days long meeting. Tigray Regional Interim government leader indicated that an agreement has been reached on issues like recognizing the TPLF party as an entity. It was designated as a terrorist organization after it launched an attack on the Defense Force. 

From recent developments, it seems possible that conflict could resurge in the region. A day after the TPLF leaders and the region’s interim government meeting with PM Abiy Ahmed, Getachew Reda officially confirmed that TPLF still has 270,000 armed combatants. It is something that local news outlets have been reporting about in the context of concern regarding the implementation of the Pretoria Peace.

Another development that signals potential challenge for the Pretoria Peace agreement is that an exchange of fire between  TPLF forces and militia forces in the Alamata area was reported this week. The United States has not yet remarked – or at least it is not public – about the recent developments and the implementation of the Peace Process. 

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