US asks AU, international community to put pressure on Ethiopia over Tigray crisis

Secretary of State Antony Blinken

The United States has asked international partners, especially the African Union and regional partners, to put pressure to address the Tigray crisis in Ethiopia, including through action at the UN and other relevant institutions.

In a statement on Saturday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the US is “gravely concerned” by reported atrocities and the overall deteriorating situation in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.

“We strongly condemn the killings, forced removals and displacements, sexual assaults, and other extremely serious human rights violations and abuses by several parties that multiple organizations have reported in Tigray.  We are also deeply concerned by the worsening humanitarian crisis.”

“ The United States has repeatedly engaged the Ethiopian government on the importance of ending the violence, ensuring unhindered humanitarian access to Tigray, and allowing a full, independent, international investigation into all reports of human rights violations, abuses, and atrocities.  Those responsible for them must be held accountable,” Blinken said.

Welcoming statements from the Ethiopian Office of the PM nd the Ministry of Foreign Affairs promising unhindered humanitarian access, welcoming support for investigations into human rights violations and abuses, and committing to full accountability, Blinken said the international community needs to work collectively to ensure the commitments are realised. He said the US is committed to working with the international community to achieve the goals.

He also said the immediate withdrawal of Eritrean forces and Amhara regional forces from Tigray are essential first steps.

“They should be accompanied by unilateral declarations of cessation of hostilities by all parties to the conflict and a commitment to permit unhindered delivery of assistance to those in Tigray.

He announced that USAID will deploy a Disaster Assistance Response Team to Ethiopia to continue delivering life-saving assistance.

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