UN chief requires speedy finish to combating in Ethiopia

Call comes with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed reportedly on the entrance traces and males flocking to affix army.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has known as for a right away finish to the combating in Ethiopia, because the United States warned there was “no military solution” to the African nation’s civil struggle.

The calls got here as Ethiopian media reported that Abiy Ahmed, the nation’s prime minister and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, was on the entrance “giving leadership from the battlefield” amid an escalating year-long disaster. High-profile Ethiopian athletes, together with Olympic gold medallist and nationwide hero Haile Gebrselassie, parliamentarians, occasion and regional leaders have additionally pledged to affix Ethiopian forces battling rebels from the northernmost Tigray area, with males in Addis Ababa additionally becoming a member of up.

Speaking in Colombia, Guterres known as for an “unconditional and immediate ceasefire”.

The struggle broke out in November 2020 within the nation’s Tigray area between Ethiopian federal troops and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). In July, the battle unfold into two neighbouring areas in northern Ethiopia, and the rebels have been advancing in the direction of Addis Ababa, the capital.

Haile, now 48 and retired, mentioned he felt compelled to affix up as a result of Ethiopia’s existence was beneath menace.

“What would you do when the existence of a country is at stake? You just put down everything,” he instructed the Reuters information company. “Alas, nothing will bind you. I am sorry!”

“There is no military solution to the conflict in Ethiopia,” a spokesperson from the US State Department mentioned in a press release, stressing that diplomacy was the “first, last, and only option”.

The assertion added that each one events ought to “refrain from inflammatory and bellicose rhetoric, to use restraint, respect human rights, allow humanitarian access, and protect civilians”.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s promise to move for the entrance traces of his nation’s brutal year-long struggle has given a lift to recruitment for the beleaguered armed forces, with officers within the Kolfe district of Addis Ababa holding a ceremony to honour 1,200 recruits for the military [Amanuel Sileshi/AFP]

Thousands of individuals have been killed for the reason that battle started with greater than two million compelled from their houses and 400,000 folks in Tigray dealing with famine.

The remarks from Washington come a day after the US particular envoy for the Horn of Africa reported “nascent progress” in the direction of a diplomatic settlement between the federal government and Tigrayan rebels, however warned it risked being eclipsed by “alarming developments” on the bottom.

The envoy, Jeffrey Feltman, had simply returned from Addis Ababa the place he was renewing a push to dealer a ceasefire.

It was not clear the place precisely Abiy had deployed, and state media didn’t broadcast photos of him within the discipline.