On September 11, 2022, Ethiopians in and outside the country are celebrating the advent of
the New Year. It is the Government of Tigray’s solemn desire to see Ethiopians in general and the
people of Tigray in particular to no longer hear the sound of gunfire, the blockade of essential
services and humanitarian aid, and associated pain and suffering.
To that end, the Government of Tigray is prepared to participate in a robust peace process under
the auspices of the African Union (AU). Furthermore, we are ready to abide by an immediate and
mutually agreed cessation of hostilities in order to create a conducive atmosphere. Indeed, the
Government of Tigray has repeatedly called for, and worked towards, the peaceful resolution of
the current conflict. The Government of Tigray’s prior unilateral compliance with the cessation of
hostilities is a case in point.
We expect a credible AU-led peace process. This peace process will also include mutually
acceptable mediators; international observers who will help the parties build mutual trust, instill
confidence in the peace process, and support and oversee the implementation of commitments;
and international experts to provide necessary guidance and advice on the integrity of the peace
process. We are convinced that only through peaceful dialogue can we achieve a lasting solution
to this tragic conflict.
Following a cessation of hostilities, the next step is to finalize a comprehensive negotiated
ceasefire, and an all-inclusive political dialogue to resolve issues underlying the current conflict.
The Government of Tigray has set up a negotiation team ready to be deployed without delay. This
team, which includes Getachew Reda and Gen. Tsadkan Gebretinsae has already been given the
mandate to represent the Government of Tigray in future negotiations.
In the spirit of our New Year and a fresh start, let us end the fighting, give peace a chance and start
on a path towards peace and prosperity.