Breaking News: Peace Talks Between Ethiopian Government and OLF-OLA Resume in Tanzania

Published Nov. 8, 2023, 9:56 p.m. by FNN



In a significant development, the Oromo Liberation Front-Oromo Liberation Army (OLF-OLA) and the Ethiopian Prosperity Government have commenced a second round of peace talks in Dere Salam, Tanzania. This follows the initial round of discussions that took place in Zanzibar, Tanzania, earlier this year. The first round concluded in early May without achieving any major breakthrough.

Before the commencement of these crucial talks, it has been reported that a three-week preparatory phase was held between OLF-OLA representatives and delegates from the Ethiopian federal and Oromia regional governments. The peace negotiations include a notable presence of military leaders, with individuals like Getachew Gudena and Demisse Amanu representing the government, and Kumsa Diriba (Jaal Marroo) and Gamachu Aboye (Jaal Gammee) representing OLF-OLA.

Furthermore, the peace talks are being facilitated by international actors, including the United States, Norway, Kenya, and other organizations. Notably, OLA military commanders were reportedly airlifted to the talks by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The Oromo people have been engaged in a struggle for independence for over five decades, with the movement gaining significant momentum in the last ten years. Over the past five years, under the leadership of Jaal Marro, the military aspect of this struggle has intensified. As of now, fighting continues in various regions of Oromia, including areas located just a few miles from the capital.

In Another Development: Fano Militants Allegedly Kill Over 20 Oromo Civilians in North Oromia

In a separate and distressing incident, reports have emerged that Fano militants have reportedly killed more than 20 civilian Oromos in Hartuma Fursi, located in Wallo, North Oromia. Tragically, four of the victims are said to have bled to death while en route to Dasse Hospital, as they were allegedly prevented on the road by government forces. This incident raises concerns about ongoing violence and instability in the region.

Stay tuned for more updates on these developing stories as the peace talks between OLF-OLA and the Ethiopian government continue, and the situation in Oromia unfolds.

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