The 2019 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee says the prize is also meant to recognise all the stakeholders working for peace and reconciliation in Ethiopia and in the East and Northeast African regions.
PM Abiy Ahmed is a former army intelligence officer, ever since becoming prime minister in March 2018, he has launched a wide programme of political and economic reforms for Ethiopia.
When Abiy Ahmed was made Prime Minister in April 2018, he indicated that he wished to resume peace talks with Eritrea. In close cooperation with Isaias Afwerki, the President of Eritrea, Abiy Ahmed quickly worked out the principles of a peace agreement to end the long “no peace, no war” stalemate between the two countries. These principles are set out in the declarations that Prime Minister Abiy and President Afwerki signed in Asmara and Jeddah last July and September. An important premise for the breakthrough was Abiy Ahmed’s unconditional willingness to accept the arbitration ruling of an international boundary commission in 2002.
Congratulations have flooded in from African some leaders.
Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Ado sent warm congratulations to the Ethiopian Prime Minister, via twitter. He said “it is well deserved, and a reminder to us all that peace is one of the most critical ingredients needed to make Africa successful.”
The Chiarman of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat tweeted “it is with great pride that I congratulate Ethiopian PM @AbiyAhmedAli on being the 100th recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for his historic peacebuiding efforts that have given the world hope at a time it needs servant leadership more than ever.”