TPLF To Surrender Heavy Weapons – Ethiopia

The Ethiopian ambassador to Kenya has said that the rebel Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) will surrender its heavy weapons on Saturday following talks between senior army and TPLF commanders.

Ambassador Bacha Debele made the announcement in a video posted on YouTube.

“Regarding the surrender of heavy weapons, they [TPLF] were supposed to surrender them on 17 November, but this was not implemented but it has now been decided for them to surrender them on 3 December,” he said.

Mr Bacha said the field commanders are “meeting everyday” to discuss the disarmament process and TPLF combatants are being assembled in designated areas.

“Information I obtained today indicates that activities have begun to assemble [TPLF combatants] in designated areas. They are implementing this [disarmament process],” he added.

The ambassador also said it would be embarrassing to talk about the human cost of the war in public.

The Ethiopian government and the TPLF signed a peace agreement in South Africa early this month to peacefully end the two-year devastating war.