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Lasting peace in Ethiopia 'very difficult': Borrell

5. Ethiopia
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MÜNSTER, Germany — A permanent ceasefire in Ethiopia is "going to be very difficult" after the "awful" war of the past two years, the EU's foreign policy chief cautioned at a G7 meeting in Germany on Friday.اضافة اعلان

The breakthrough deal signed by Ethiopia's government and Tigrayan rebels to end the war in the north of the country is "good news," Josep Borrell told journalists on the sidelines of the G7 foreign ministers' meeting in the German city of Muenster.

But the two sides now "have to reach a permanent ceasefire," Borrell said, something that was "not going to be easy."

"Making peace is much more difficult than making war," he said.

The European Union stands "ready to support the African Union in their efforts for peace, reconciliation, and recovery" in the country, he added.

While welcoming the agreement, Borrell said the international community should also remember the "tens of thousands, some figures say more than 100,000, of people who have been killed and those whose have been victims of the worst atrocities" in the conflict.

"The world is looking at Ukraine and blaming Russia. But Ethiopia is for sure the worst humanitarian crisis... and war in the last two years," Borrell said.

The peace deal was reached on Wednesday, less than 48 hours before the second anniversary of the outbreak of the conflict, after nine days of negotiations in Pretoria mediated by the African Union.

The G7 foreign ministers' meeting, which began on Thursday, has so far been dominated by the war in Ukraine.

But on the second and final day of their discussions, the ministers are also due to discuss recent unrest in Iran and relations with Africa.

The foreign ministers of Ghana and Kenya will join the discussions, along with representatives of the African Union.

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