In August 2012 the Ethiopian government signed a peace accord the Benishangul People’s Liberation Movement (BPLM) to end the latter’s two decades of insurgency.
The breakthrough was reached following two years of negotiations, government officials said.
This is the second time for the rebel group to sign peace pact with government. In 2005 the group also reached a peace deal with Ethiopian government which they broke a year later, resuming its armed struggle from its base in neighbouring Sudan.
Since its establishment in 1995the BPLM carried out cross-border attacks, mainly against developmental facilities in Ethiopia’s Benishangul Gumuz state, which borders Sudan.
There are allegations that Khartoum has ties with the BPLM.
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