On Monday, the United Nations Secretary General issued a call for a stop to hostilities in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia, where the situation is becoming “out of control.” The UN Secretary General also issued a demand for the “prompt evacuation” of Eritrean troops.
Antonio Guterres was quoted as saying to the press that the situation in Ethiopia is “going out of control” and that levels of violence and damage have reached “alarming levels.” “Hostilities in the Tigray region of Ethiopia must end now including the immediate removal and disengagement of Eritrean armed forces from Ethiopia,” he continued. “This includes the immediate withdrawal and disengagement of Eritrean armed forces from Ethiopia.”
The Secretary General of the United Nations reiterated that there is no military solution, highlighting the “awful price paid by civilians” and the “horror” endured by the population of Ethiopia. “There is no military solution,” he said.
He brought attention to the “random” attacks that kill civilians “every day,” the hundreds of thousands of people who have been forced to flee their homes as a result of the violence, and the “disturbing evidence of sexual violence and other acts of brutality against women, children, and men.”
He underlined that as a result of the fighting, humanitarian aid to Tigray has been halted for the past seven weeks. He demanded that all parties allow humanitarian convoys to proceed through the conflict zone. In addition to this, he urged an “immediate” restart of the negotiations.
The Ethiopian government reaffirmed its openness to peace negotiations on Monday, a day after the African Union (AU) called for an “urgent” stop to hostilities in Tigray. But the Ethiopian government also said that military operations would continue in the area.
According to the sources, Tigray is currently caught between an offensive by the Ethiopian and Eritrean armies from Eritrea in the north and an offensive by Ethiopian troops assisted by forces from the neighboring Amhara and Afar regions in the south. The TPLF rebels were quick to say on Sunday that they were “ready to respect an immediate cessation of hostilities.”