Eritrean Forces Continue Occupation of Tigray, Hindering Peaceful Transition

Despite the Pretoria Agreement signed last November, Eritrean forces continue to occupy several woredas and kebeles in the Tigray region, preventing the Tigray Interim Administration (TIA) from taking full control over the region.

The TIA states that it cannot take over the full administration of Tigray, as a significant portion remains under the occupation of Eritrean forces and informal Fano forces from the Amhara regional state.

The federal government recently transferred control of 20 woredas and city administrations to the TIA. However, Eritrean forces still hold strategic military areas and territories that were disputed during the 1998 Ethio-Eritrean war, raising concerns over potential future conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea.

International pressure for the withdrawal of Eritrean forces from Tigray has so far been unsuccessful. Despite pressure from the international community, the Ethiopian government has not officially acknowledged Eritrean forces’ presence in Tigray.

The TIA aims to re-establish the livelihood of displaced Tigrayans but faces obstacles as long as external forces control parts of the region.

Source: The Reporter

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