After Antonio Guterres held a telephone conversation with the African Union High Representative for the Horn of Africa, former Nigerian President His Excellency Olusegun Obasanjo.
Their talks was aimed at exchanging views with him on the conflict in Ethiopia following Obasanjo’s visit to Addis Ababa and Mekelle, the capital of the regional state of Tigray, according the UN Chief.
Guterres said Obasanjo briefed him about the efforts being made by the Government of Ethiopia and the TPLF to move towards a resolution of the violent conflict.
The AU representative “expressed optimism that there is now a real opportunity for political and diplomatic resolution of the conflict”, he said.
“I am delighted that after over a year of armed conflict which has affected millions of people across Ethiopia and the rest of the region, there is now a demonstrable effort to make peace,” Guterres added.
The UN Chief said the “ongoing military operations in some parts of Ethiopia remain a challenge to the peace process and sour the confidence building measures that we hope are being taken by all parties in the conflict.”