By Theodore Jones –
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Saturday said his government will do everything possible to peacefully resolve the ongoing conflict in Tigray, the northern part of the country.
PM Abiy made the remarks at the opening of the 35th African Union Head of States Summit in Addis Ababa.
While recalling that the past year has been a difficult time for Ethiopia, the prime minister said “the role played by foreign actors” has made it difficult to resolve the problem.
But the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize winner did not specify the “external actors” whom he accused of having a role in prolonging the civil war in Tigray.
Mr Abiy said as a goodwill gesture, the Ethiopian government had released high profile suspects from the opposition in a bid to create a conducive environment for peaceful dialogue.
He said that his government has launched an inclusive national dialogue platform in a bid to end the ongoing conflict in parts of the country’s north.
He reaffirmed his government’s commitment to bringing lasting peace to the country.
In his speech, the Ethiopian prime minister thanked African countries for their support, solidarity and understanding during the difficult situation in his country.
“Without your support, our existence as a nation would have been at great risk” he said.
According to political analysts who spoke to The EastAfrican, the “leave no stone unturned” to achieve peace pronounced by the Ethiopian leader has a strong meaning, especially due to the fact that the conflict in Tigray has spilled over to neighbouring Afar and Amhara regions.