Sustainable Peace in Northern Ethiopia Requires an Inclusive Negotiation Process
The Amhara Association of America (AAA) expresses its serious concerns regarding the continued exclusion of Amharas from the negotiation process to find a peaceful resolution to the civil war in Northern Ethiopia. On June 27, 2022, Ethiopia’s ruling party designated a team to represent the government in negotiations with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). Not only were all members of the team formed from the ruling party, almost all are known to be enablers of Abiy’s disastrous dictatorial ambitions.
AAA has always supported cessation of hostilities conditioned on the TPLF vacating all areas under its occupation in Amhara Region. The war has caused immense suffering for the Amhara people with thousands of Amharas killed, thousands of Amhara women raped by TPLF militia, millions displaced, and millions of Amharas continuing to suffer under TPLF occupation in Gonder, Wollo and Wag Hemra. Latest assessments indicate that at least 7 million Amharas require lifesaving humanitarian aid in Amhara region. A peaceful resolution to the war is beneficial to Amharas and all Ethiopians. As such AAA appreciates the efforts by the African Union and other actors to bring a peaceful resolution to the war in Northern Ethiopia.