Olusegun Obasanjo meets TPLF chiefs as Ethiopia claims new war victory

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Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo (third left),TPLF President Debretsion GebreMichael (second right) and other officials at a meeting in Makelle.

Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo on Friday met with the leader of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in his second attempt to broker peace with the Ethiopian government, even as Addis Ababa declared victory over a battlefield in Amhara region.

Obasanjo, the African Union’s High Representative for the Horn of Africa, has been tasked with convincing parties to accept a ceasefire and choose dialogue, but his latest trip to the northern city of Makelle, the capital of Tigray region, was only met with protagonists going about the war.

Obasanjo had arrived in Addis Ababa on Friday for scheduled meetings with warring parties: the representatives of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government and those of the TPLF and allied armed groups.

But as he met with the TPLF President Debretsion GebreMichael, Ethiopia’s Federal Government Communication Service said its forces had won back Bati, in Oromia zone in Amhara region.

 “Government forces have successfully overtaken Terrorist TPLF’s stronghold on the Bati Kassagita front, gaining a strategic foothold,” it announced.

Source: (The EastAfrican)

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