Ethiopia rejects AU offer to mediate Tigray conflict

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed attends a welcome ceremony for his two-day state visit at State House in Entebbe on June 8, 2018.

Photo credit: Sumy Sadruni | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Hours after AU chair Cyril Ramaphosa appointed three ex-presidents to mediate in the Tigray conflict, Ethiopia termed reporting on the mediation fake news.
  • This offer was counter to what the Ethiopians have sought all week: a continental approval to crush the TPLF whom they accuse of violating constitutional order.

Ethiopia on Saturday rejected a mediation offer from the African Union, with officials in Addis Ababa falling short of calling the office of the continental body’s chairperson a purveyor of false news.

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