Ethiopia says Tigray conflict to end 'in short time'

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The Ethiopian government said on Friday that its military offensive against the leaders of Tigray province was proceeding successfully and would end shortly.

"We are on track as planned," Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen said, forecasting the conflict would end "in a very short period of time" though order had to be restored and criminals caught before dialogue was possible.

(Reporting by Giulia Paravicini; Writing by Andrew Cawthorne; Editing by Duncan Miriri and Alison Williams)