The government of Ethiopia has immediately proclaimed a ceasefire in Tigray. That region in the north of the country has been struggling over the past eight months. The battles and famine associated with them led to large numbers of victims.
The files promulgation follows the flight earlier today of the interim board appointed by the Ethiopian government in Tigray. Tigree fighters of the Peoples Liberation Front TPLF have taken the regional capital Mekele. They would have been cheered by the population.
The government of Ethiopia says that the stock should allow farmers to rework their lands and gain aid organizations access to the region. The ceasefire should last until September at least.
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The TPLF fighters have not responded to the file announcement yet. Previously, the Ethiopian government refused to negotiate with them. There is also no response from neighbouring Eritrea, which, as an ally of the Ethiopian government, had also joined the battle. Eritrea soldiers are accused of atrocities in Tigray.
The Tigreans account for only 6 percent of the population of Ethiopia, but long left their mark on the countrys politics. Last November, the northern region broke out the bloody struggle that cost thousands of people.
The region was far from being accessible to journalists. Correspondent Elles van Gelder was allowed to enter Tigray earlier this month, along with her cameraman Sven Torfinn. This video shows how far they come and see how the battle escalated in the area: