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Guterres calls for 'effective' ceasefire in Tigray region of Ethiopia

UN  Secretary General Antonio Guterres Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres

Tue, 29 Jun 2021 Source: angop.ao

The Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), Antonio Guterres, said Tuesday, June 29, that the events in Ethiopia’s Tigray region demonstrate that there is no military solution to the crisis and called for a cessation of hostilities..

"The recent events in the Tigray region of Ethiopia are extremely worrying. They demonstrate, once again, that there is no military solution to the crisis," said the secretary general as quoted by Lusa.

Guterres also revealed that he had been in contact with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and expressed hope for a cessation of hostilities between the separatists of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) and the Ethiopian federal army.

"It is essential to protect civilians, for humanitarian aid to reach populations in need and for a political solution to be found," he said.

Tigray's interim government left Mekele on Tuesday, leaving the region without political and administrative authority, with forces loyal to separatists advancing on the city.

The Associated Press (AP) agency reported however that the rebels, who for weeks tried to regain control of their capital, Mekelle, are already in the city, which has motivated Addis Ababa to issue a statement in which it announces an immediate ceasefire.

Clashes between the separatists of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) and the Ethiopian Federal Army, supported by military personnel from neighbouring regions and Eritrea, continue despite calls for a ceasefire.

The Tigray region has been the scene of fighting since November 4, 2020, when Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent the Ethiopian army to oust the TPLF, the elected party that then ruled the state in northern Ethiopia.

Abiy, Nobel Peace Prize 2019 winner, justified the military operation as a response to a previous attack by Tigray state forces on a federal army base.

Since the start of the conflict, thousands of people have died and nearly two million have been internally displaced, while at least 75,000 have fled to neighbouring Sudan, according to official figures.

Source: angop.ao