Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration in Ethiopia: What to expect

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Palik, Júlia (2023) Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration in Ethiopia: What to expect, Political Violence at a Glance. 31 January.

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In November 2022, the government of Ethiopia and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) signed a peace agreement to end two years of conflict which killed thousands and displaced millions of people. The Pretoria agreement calls for the disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) of the TPLF. It stipulates an overly ambitious timeline according to which TPLF fighters have to disarm heavy and light weapons within 30 days of the signing of the agreement. Two weeks after the deal the parties specified that the TPLF is to disarm when foreign forces — i.e., fighters from Eritrea and the Amhara region — leave Tigray. While the TPLF did not disarm by the initial deadline, in early January, TPLF members began to hand in their heavy weapons. Although the process has started, the Tigray presidential spokesperson said that disarmament could take months, if not years to complete. What can previous DDR processes tell us about the likely outcomes of the Pretoria deal?

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