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Amhara forces succumb to federal pressure, issue apology

Members of Amhara Special Forces in South Wollo Zone. Photograph: AMC.

The Amhara Special Forces and Fano militia active in the North Wollo zone have reached an agreement with the federal government, the regional broadcaster, Amhara Media Corporation (AMC) reported today.

“We reached an agreement with the federal government because we recognized that our adversaries were enjoying this conflict. We regret the loss of life that has been caused, both on our’s and the ENDF’s side,” Mire Wodajo, the leader of Fano in the North Wallo area, told AMC.

Another leader said, Fano “sincerely apologizes to the ENDF.” “The Ethiopian National Defense Force is our guardian,” he added.

ENDF generals in talks with Fano militants in North Wollo Zone.
ENDF generals in talks with Fano militants in North Wollo Zone.

Commending the role played by community elders in finding a peaceful solution to the crisis, Major General Berhanu Tilahun, Deputy Commander of the ENDF’s North East Command, said¬† “This sets a good precedence for other areas as well.” “No one benefits from conflict; it is better to solve problems through discussions rather than with guns,” he added.

Another AMC report stated that members of the Amhara Special Forces in South Wollo Zone had been dissolved and its personnel reintegrated into regional police and correctional facilities to serve as law enforcement.

Tension remains elsewhere in the Amhara region, including in Gondar, where militants allegedly trained and armed by the Eritrean government are still in open rebellion against the central government.