Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali receives Nobel Peace Prize

The Nobel Committee noted his contribution to the resolution of the border conflict with Eritrea.

Abiy Ahmed Ali Photo Reuters / Tiksa Negeri

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali is the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. The Nobel Committee recognized his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation. At the announcement ceremony, the winner was especially noted for his contribution to peace with neighboring Eritrea.

The armed conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea took place in 1998-2000. The number of victims in it is tens of thousands. Together with the President of Eritrea, Abiy Ahmed Ali developed the principles of a peace agreement to put an end to the impasse of “no peace, no war” between Ethiopia and Eritrea, which lasted after the conflict. In 2018, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia and the President of Eritrea, Isayas Afevorki, concluded a declaration on peace and friendship, and also agreed to cooperate in a number of areas, including in the economic and social fields.

The committee announced that the 2019 Peace Prize is a tribute to all parties working for peace in Ethiopia, as well as in the regions of East and North-East Africa.

The prize is awarded annually to people and organizations who, according to the Nobel Committee in Oslo, have made outstanding contributions to peace consolidation. Presented since 1901. 301 candidates claimed the 2019 Peace Prize.

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