Peace talks will take place this weekend in South Africa to conclude the two-year civil conflict in northern Ethiopia after a request from the African Union was accepted by the Tigray rebels.
Rebels in Tigray announced their participation after the Addis Ababa administration announced its engagement earlier in the day.
The invited participants, observers, guarantors, and the function of the international community have all been questioned by the rebels in Tigray.
“Considering we were not consulted prior to the issuance of this invitation, we need clarification to some of the following issues to establish an auspicious start for the peace talks,” said a statement signed by Tigrayan leader Debretsion Gebremichael.
A five-month humanitarian ceasefire was broken in August when fighting returned to Tigray state.
Additionally, the uprising has drawn troops from nearby Eritrea, who are supporting the Ethiopian government forces.
Olusegun Obasanjo and Uhuru Kenyatta, the former presidents of Kenya and Nigeria, will serve as mediators in the negotiations.