ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) --
The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), a
rebel group operating in the Ethiopia Somali regional state, on
Sunday announced a unilateral temporary ceasefire.
In a press
statement, the ONLF said its move is to lay the groundwork for
talks and peaceful negotiations to find a lasting solution to
the grievances in the region.
urgent need to foster a climate of peace that can assist the
ONLF, the Ethiopian government and other stakeholders in
resolving the longstanding conflict in the Ethiopia Somali
regional state, the ONLF declares a unilateral ceasefire from
Sunday,” the statement said.
“The ONLF will cease
all military and security operations against the Ethiopian
security apparatus until a negotiated comprehensive cessation of
hostilities is reached with the Ethiopian government.” the
The ONLF made
international headlines on April 24, 2007, when it launched a
deadly raid on an oil field in Ethiopia Somali regional state.
The attack left 65 Ethiopians dead.
After the attack,
the Ethiopian government undertook a vigorous counterinsurgency
It also undertook
large scale infrastructure projects to win the hearts of local
population who were thought to be sympathetic to the ONLF.