Historic Peace Deal in Ethiopia
Horn of Africa Programme Director, Aden Abdi, was invited to provide technical support and witness the signing of an historic peace deal, between the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) and the Government of Ethiopia. Conciliation Resources has been supporting this process for the past six years.
The deal brings to an end hostilities in the Somali region and paves the way for the ONLF to return to the region and pursue its political objectives through peaceful means.
Peace talks between the ONLF and the Government of Ethiopia began in 2012, led by a facilitation team from the Kenyan government. In July this year, Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed made the surprise announcement that the ONLF would be removed from the country’s list of designated terrorist organisations. Then, in August the ONLF announced a unilateral ceasefire. This weekend’s deal follows fresh peace talks, which began in September in Asmara.