Washington State Secretary of State Anthony Brinken on Tuesday urged Ethiopian leaders od Ethiopia to end hostilities in the northern area of Tigri, citing “increasing credible reports of atrocities, human rights violations and human rights violations.”
State Department spokesperson Ned Price said that in a phone call with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Mr. Brinken urged Ethiopia to withdraw its troops from Tigri and immediately stop the violence.
The Biden administration is seeking an end It is described as a deepening humanitarian crisis. This is the second time in less than a week that Mr. Brinken has cited reports of atrocities in the area.
In an interview with reporters, he said: “We strongly condemn the killings, forced relocations and displacements, sexual assaults and other violations of human rights and abuses that have been reported by multiple organizations.”
Mr. Brinken also asked Mr. Abbey to allow an independent international investigation.
Abiy spokesperson Benene Seyoum pointed out that in a statement issued late last month, the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs called the US attempt to interfere in its internal affairs as “regrettable.”
The statement stated that the Ethiopian government is “very seriously” responsible for the safety, security and well-being of all citizens and is “fully committed to a thorough investigation of reports of abuse.”
But it added that in the face of “treason and separatist forces,” the government has the responsibility to unite the country.
The Ethiopian military dismissed the former local ruling party, the Tigri People’s Liberation Front, from the regional capital in November, a move known as a raid on Tigri’s forces.
Thousands of people died, hundreds of thousands were forced to leave their homes, and more than 5 million people in the area were short of food, water and medicine.