Tigray rebels have accused the African Union (AU) of “bias” following the appointment by of Nigeria’s former president, Olusegun Obsasanjo as a mediator in the conflict that has been tearing northern Ethiopia apart for nearly a year.
“It would be naive to think that this mission could work,” said on Twitter the spokesman for the rebels Getachew Reda, three days after the appointment of former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo as representative of the AU in the Horn of Africa with the mission to “promote peace, security, stability, and political dialogue”.
“Resolving a crisis requires at least the recognition of the existence, if not the importance, of a problem,” he wrote.
“We find it difficult to understand how one can expect a constructive role from an organisation that has given full meaning to the word partiality,” he concluded.
According to the UN, the conflict has already left some 400,000 people in a near-famine situation.