Obasanjo publishes brief on Tigray crisis after meeting TDF leaders
ADDIS ABABA – Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has expressed optimism that the conflict in Ethiopia will be resolved amicably, noting that he has made important steps towards holding joint meetings with the injured parties.
For nearly a week, Obasanjo, who is the African Union’s special envoy to the Horn of Africa, met with Tigray leaders and authorities in Addis Ababa, as part of a mission to to establish the facts about the conflict which has been going on for a year.
In a statement, Obasanjo said he had had fruitful meetings with leaders Afar, Amhara and Oromia, adding that he had also met with the presidents of Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan and Djibouti regarding the crisis. in Ethiopia.
“In addition, I had encouraging meetings with leaders from Oromia and Amhara regions as I planned to meet with leaders from Afar region on my return to Ethiopia. leaders from across the region, including the presidents of Kenya, Uganda, Djibouti, South Sudan, Somalia and the leaders of Sudan, ”he said.
“I am optimistic about the possibility of finding common ground towards a peaceful resolution of the conflict. The interlocutors I have engaged on all sides have expressed their desire for peace, security and stability in Ethiopia. The main point of divergence between the actors lies in the means by which they seek to achieve this essential objective.
The former leader added that the only way to restore peace in Ethiopia is to bring the two sides who have been in conflict for months together. He insisted that the two sides can still end the conflict through reconciliation.
“War represents a failure of politics. Thus, dialogue remains the only reliable and lasting way to peace. There is no military solution to the conflict and victory on the battlefield cannot guarantee political stability. in Ethiopia, ”Obasanjo said.
“I therefore appeal to the leaders of all parties to end their military offensives. This will allow the dialogue to continue to progress. Such talks cannot succeed in an environment of escalating military hostilities.”
The former head of state called on African leaders to make their voices heard on the conflict, adding that there is a need to help Ethiopians with a possible rupture that could spoil existing institutions.
Obasanjo further said he was determined to ensure peace and stability in the Horn of Africa country. Last week, his efforts were praised by the United States through Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
“I further call on all people of good will and African leaders and the international community to continue to support our mediation efforts and to refrain from actions or rhetoric which, willfully or unintentionally, will aggravate the conflict”, did he declare.
“I too remain dedicated to the cause of peace, and we will continue to work towards this goal, without which human security and development cannot be achieved.”