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UN chief lauds Ethiopia’s effort to make peace

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United Nations (UN) secretary-general António Guterres has said there is a “demonstrable effort to make peace” in Ethiopia after more than a year of civil war.

Guterres spoke to the African Union (AU) chief envoy to the Horn of Africa Olusegun Obasanjo who briefed him on the peace efforts.

Obasanjo has been meeting officials in the federal government and from the rebel Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

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The UN chief said the AU envoy “expressed optimism that there is now a real opportunity for a political and diplomatic resolution of the conflict”.

Federal troops have been fighting rebels in the north of the country for more than a year now, in a war that has ended thousands of lives.

Clashes on the ground between the two sides had stopped but recently there have been reports of renewed fighting.—BBC

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