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Ethiopian govt, Tigray forces kick off new peace talks in Kenya

Former Nigeria president, Olusegun Obasanjo (center) gives an address alongside former Kenya president Uhuru Kenyatta (left) and Tadesse Worede (right) from the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), at the start of the senior commanders meeting on the implementation of the cessation of hostilities agreement between the Ethiopian government and the TPLF in Nairobi on Nov 7, 2022. (TONY KARUMBA / AFP)

NAIROBI – Senior commanders of warring factions in Ethiopia's Tigray conflict kicked off a five-day meeting in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi on Monday to deliberate on modalities for implementing the peace agreement signed last week, organizers said.

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The African Union Commission (AUC) said the meeting will provide a roadmap for immediate humanitarian access and restoration of services in the Tigray region.

The statement said the meeting will discuss and work out detailed modalities for the agreement implementation including disarmament issues, taking into account the security situation on the ground

"This builds on the establishment of a hotline by the parties within 24 hours of signing the agreement to facilitate communication between senior commanders of both sides," the AUC said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

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The Nairobi talks follow the signing of the Permanent Cessation of Hostilities Agreement between the Ethiopian government and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) in South Africa last week.

The statement said the meeting will discuss and work out detailed modalities for the agreement implementation including disarmament issues, taking into account the security situation on the ground.

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"The expected outcomes of the meeting include modalities for silencing the guns, humanitarian access, and the restoration of services in the Tigray region," it said.