Ethiopia’s Tigray region rebels in a statement on Sunday said they want a full withdrawal of troops from Eritrea and the neighbouring state of Amhara and must be recognized as the legitimate government in the region before it can engage in any talks with the federal government about a ceasefire.
The authorities in Addis Ababa earlier declared a unilateral ceasefire as the rebels retook much of the region and government officials fled.
“As long as we have a foolproof guarantee that the security of our people will not be compromised by a second round of invasions, we accept a ceasefire in principle,” a statement from the Government of Tigray, released on Sunday by Spokesperson, Getachew Reda said.
Unfettered access for aid into the region is wanted, as well as the full provision of essential services such as electricity, telecommunications, banking, healthcare and education the statement added.
The statement also asks the United Nations to establish an independent body to investigate war crimes and an international entity to oversee the implementation of any ceasefire deal, should it be created.
It also demanded the immediate release of all ethnic Tigrayan political leaders and members of the national defence force who are being held in prisons around the country.
The United Nations warned on Friday that there is a risk of more clashes in the
region despite the unilateral ceasefire by the federal government.