ADDIS ABABA, 15 January 2021 – Ethiopian forces killed the country’s former minister of foreign affairs, Seyoum Mesfin, reportedly after he refused to surrender.
The former minister was killed in the northern Tigray region where an armed conflict has opposed Ethiopian federal forces to fighters of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
Reports say Seyoum was killed alongside three other senior leaders of the TPLF.
Seyoum was a founding member of the TPLF which ruled Ethiopia for more than 20 years until Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power in 2018.
He served as Ethiopia’s foreign minister from 1991 to 2010.
Seyoum Mesfin was also one of the top mediators in the negotiations leading to the end of the war in the Sudans which culminated in independence for South Sudan.
Addis Ababa put out a warrant for his arrest along other leading TPLF officers offering a reward of $254,000 for anyone who provided tips leading to their arrest,
TPLF sources claim that Seyoum Mesfin and other top officials surrendered but federal forces were not interested in taking them alive in a war in which accusations fly that parties have adopted a “take no prisoners” approach to fighting.