Tigrayan forces pull out of neighboring Ethiopian regions in step toward possible ceasefire

The leader of Ethiopia's northern Tigray region announced a withdrawal of rebel forces from neighboring areas in the country on Sunday, a move that could signal the possibility of a ceasefire after 13 months of war. In a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and UN Security Council President Abdou Abarry, dated Sunday and seen by CNN on Monday, Debretsion Gebremichael, the leader of Tigray's region, said he had "ordered those units that are outside the borders of Tigray to withdraw to the borders of Tigray with immediate effect."
Having heard the call to withdraw from both the international community and the Ethiopian federal government, Gebremichael said the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) trusted that "their bold act of withdrawal will be a decisive opening act for peace," adding he hopes to commence peace negotiations following the cessation of hostilities. Tigrayan forces and Ethiopia's federal government have been engaged in conflict since November 2020, when Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered a military offensive in Tigray following lengthy disputes over the governance of the region.
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