Ethiopian PM rebuffs mediation attempts as Tigray deadline nears

prime minister of Ethiopia, has forcefully rejected efforts by international powers to bring hostilities in the north of the cou
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Abiy Ahmed, the prime minister of Ethiopia, has forcefully rejected efforts by international powers to bring hostilities in the north of the country to an end.

Abiy’s statement on Wednesday came hours before a deadline for the surrender of the leadership of the restive region of Tigray expires, after which federal troops have been ordered to attack its capital, Mekelle.

There are growing calls for mediation to halt a conflict that threatens to destabilise a swath of east Africa.

Hundreds, possibly thousands of people, have died so far, and many more forced to flee their homes.

The leader of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the ruling party in the region, said on Tuesday his people were “ready to die” defending their homeland, rejecting the prime minister’s Sunday night demand that they lay down their arms within 72 hours.

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