According to media reports, some leaders of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) have been fighting government forces in the north for more than a year and they have been pardoned.
“I welcome the release of many detainees, including major opposition figures, from Ethiopian prisons today,”The Secretary-General of the United Nations said in a statement statement.
“I call on all parties to build on this important confidence-building step by agreeing to cease hostilities and a lasting ceasefire, and initiate a credible and inclusive national dialogue and reconciliation process.”
The Secretary-General stated that he will continue to actively engage with all stakeholders to assist Ethiopia in its efforts to end the fighting and restore peace and stability.
Peace and prosperity
The United Nations estimates that more than 5 million people in the northern regions of Tigray, Amhara and Afar require humanitarian assistance.
Last month, the United Nations Human Rights Council Geneva voted to establish an international committee of experts to investigate allegations of violations during the conflict.
The decision to release the detainees was made during the Orthodox Christmas period, which is an important holiday in Ethiopia.
Mr. Guterres extended his warm wishes to those who are celebrating, he added: “May the spirit of this celebration contribute to the peace and prosperity of Ethiopia.”