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TPLF calls allegation of its involvement in Sudan’s war “baseless” 

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Getachew Reda (file/PD)

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Toronto – Sudan’s Rapid Support Force (RSF)  which is fighting Sudan’s Defense Force this week alleges that the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) forces are fighting in the war in Sudan on the part of government forces- Sudanese Armed Forces.    

Tigray’s Interim Government has stated in response to the allegation.  While the Interim Tigray Regional government is not TPLF, at least legally speaking, it defended the TPLF in the statement it released and at some point insinuated that TPLF is Tigray. 

The statement from the office of Getachew Reda, president of the Interim Administration,  sees the allegation from RSF as an effort on the part of RSF to “internationalize the conflict” to garner international support for its case. 

“The Interim Administration of Tigray vehemently denies and strongly condemns, the baseless claim made by the RSF that ‘TPLF forces’ were fighting alongside the Sudanese Armed Forces  (SAF) in its fight against the former,” said the statement from the interim government. 

The statement also went on to make a case that the TPLF is a political party and does not have armed forces. It said, “The TPLF is a political party…it has no armed wing nor does it command an organized militia or some other entity.”  This year Getachew Reda was on record saying that the TPLF does have 270,000 armed forces. 

The Interim Administration also attempted to paint an image of “brotherly relation” with Sudan and that it can not be involved in its internal affairs. It said, “The people of Tigray have long-standing brotherly relations with the Sudanese people that have stood the test of time.” It also portrayed Sudan as a “safe haven” for Tigreans “when they were uprooted from their homes in Western Tigray.” 

There had been reports, during the war between the TPLF and Abiy Ahmed’s government, that TPLF forces who were involved in the Maikadra Massacre fled to Sudan where they were seeking “refugee status.”  In May 2021, the Ethiopian Defense Force announced that there were armed TPLF forces based in Sudan. Some were captured while attempting to enter Ethiopia from the Humera area.  

The TPLF is now believed to have formed a military and political alliance with Abiy Ahmed’s party and has recently controlled many areas in Alamata displacing over 50,000 civilians.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Would the writer of this article post the link in which this official said ‘TPLF does have 270,000 armed forces’ and when?

  2. Watch your size, brother. The size of the waistline and the buildup of two or three hotdogs on your nape is the harbinger of what is ahead in life on this good earth. Not good news at all! Eat less and trim down like the 99.9% of the citizens in your region. Just food for thought.

  3. Knowing the history of Tplf, the allegation could not be “baseless.” After all, Tplf has always had its base in Sudan–once with Bashir’s help; later with US help (in the guise of a refugee center, a center to feed and re-arm against Ethiopia). Remember Sudan’s high-ranking military officials used to fly in and out of Mekelle for a meeting. Also, Tplf used to hoard money and arms in the Sudan; Sudan was where Tplf had Ethiopian birr secretly/illegally printed (not kidding).

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