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Why Uhuru will skip AU peace talks on Ethiopia civil war



By Wanja Waweru

Former President Uhuru Kenyatta will not be present at Saturday’s African Union-sponsored peace talks on the Ethiopian conflict in South Africa.

In a letter sent to AU President Mousa Faki Mahamat on Friday, Kenyatta stated that a conflict in his schedule would cause him to miss the negotiations.

However, in order to prepare for and participate in any future peace talks, the former head of state and current peace envoy for Kenya asked to be given what he called the “rules of engagement.”

He also expressed hope that the conflict would end soon, urging both the Ethiopian government and the Tigrayan regional leadership to take part in the efforts being spearheaded by AU.

“Regrettably, I wish to notify your good office that I will not be able to attend the AU-Convened Peace Talks scheduled for October 8, 2022 in South Africa owing to conflicts in my schedule,” wrote the former President to Mr. Mahamat.

“However, in the interim and as you consider the possibility for another date for the peace talks, I would be grateful to receive further clarity on the structure and modalities of the talks, including but not limited to the rules of engagement for all the interlocutors invited. This clarification would greatly help in preparations for my engagement and participation.”

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