Why Uhuru will miss Saturday's Ethiopia-Tigray peace talks in South Africa

for Tv47 Digital October 07, 2022, 04:51 PM
Uhuru Kenyatta to miss Ethiopia-Tigray peace talks in South Africa
Former President Uhuru Kenyatta, a peace envoy. He will miss October 8 2022's Ethiopia-Tigray peace talks in South Africa.

Former President Uhuru Kenyatta will not attend the AU-convened Ethiopian peace talks scheduled for Saturday, October 8.

In a letter to African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat, Uhuru - who was to be among the panelists in the talks presided over by former Nigeria President Olusegun Obasanjo in South Africa - said he will not be able to attend due to prior personal engagements.

"However, in the interim and as you consider the possibility for another date for the peace talks, I would be grateful to receive further clarity on the structure and modalities of the talks, including but not limited to the rules of engagement for all the interlocutors invited. This clarification would greatly help in preparations for my engagement and participation," Uhuru letters to Mahamat reads in part.

Nonetheless, Uhuru said that among the most urgent issues that should addressed even as the peace talks continue will be the immediate and "unconditional" cessation of hostilities.

"This silencing of guns is particularly important in order to avail the right conditions for the consultations and negotiations while alleviating human suffering and allowing for continued access to humanitarian assistance," Uhuru added.

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