Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Biggest Challenges Facing Ethiopian Peace Agreement

World Politics Review published on 6 December 2022 an analysis titled "With the Guns Silenced, Ethiopia and Tigray Must Now Secure the Peace" by Adem Kassie Abebe and Kassahun Molla Yilma.  

The biggest challenge to the Ethiopian peace agreement in the short term is the withdrawal of Eritrean forces from Tigray Region.  The authors argue that Eritrea is unlikely to oppose the withdrawal of its forces.  Another explosive issue is the future control of land known as Welkait and Raya in Western and Southern Tigray Region.  These areas are claimed by both Amhara and Tigrayans.  The third challenge will be the ability of Tigrayan leaders to sell the diminished status of Tigray Region to its own people.  Finally, accountability for atrocities over the past two years is essential.