Eritrea accuses the United States of causing “destabilization” in Tigray, Ethiopia Ethiopia News
The Eritrean Foreign Minister accused the Biden government of “inciting further conflict and instability” in northern Ethiopia.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Eritrea blamed the current conflict in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia on the US government that had supported the Tigray People’s Liberation Movement (TPLF) for the past 20 years, adding that it was unfounded to blame Eritrea for the fighting.
In a letter sent to the UN Security Council on Monday, Osman Saleh accused President Joe Biden’s government of “inciting further conflict and instability” through intervention and intimidation in the region, apparently in order to “restore the TPLF regime” Remnants of”.
The coalition led by TPLF ruled Ethiopia for nearly 30 years until Prime Minister Abi Ahmed came to power in 2018.
Abi reconciled with his old enemy Eritrea as soon as he took office, further alienating TPLF, and tensions are increasing.
In November last year, Abi sent troops into the area, detained and disarmed the leader of the organization, saying that this was a response to the TPLF attack on the federal barracks.
Although he promised that the military operation will be short-lived, almost seven months later, the fighting has continued, reports of atrocities have surged, and world leaders have warned of a humanitarian disaster.
It is estimated that thousands of people were killed in the war, which caused one third of the region’s 6 million people to flee.
On Friday, the United Nations warned of an imminent famine in Tigray and northern Ethiopia, saying there was a risk of hundreds of thousands of deaths.
Mark Lowcock, the head of UN humanitarian affairs, said in a statement that the economy, businesses, crops and farms have been destroyed, and there are no banks or telecommunications services.
The Eritrean army has also been accused of committing atrocities against the Ethiopian army in Tigray.
Saleh’s letter did not mention the Eritrean army in Tigray, despite the international request for their retreat.
Eritrea only admitted in April, Its troops are participating In the months-long war in Tigray. Follow that, Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced The Eritrean army began to withdraw from Tigray after fighting on the government side.
Witnesses, rape survivors, officials and rescuers said that Eritrean soldiers were found far away from the border, sometimes wearing faded Ethiopian military uniforms, controlling main roads and access to some communities.
In April, Eritrean soldiers Fire on civilians According to Amnesty International, a global rights watchdog, 3 people were killed and at least 19 were injured in Tigray.
The Ethiopian government regards TPLF fighters as “terrorists” who despise Abi’s authority. But the recent atrocities seem to have increased support for TPLF.
Saleh accused TPLF of conducting false propaganda activities to cover up its illegal plan to arm itself and overthrow the Abi government.
He urged the UN Security Council to “take appropriate measures to correct injustices.”
Saleh also criticized the U.S. State Department’s recent announcement of imposing visa restrictions on current or former Eritrean and Ethiopian government and military officials, saying that this is just the latest in a series of “unilateral intimidation and interference.”
Less than two weeks ago, more than 10,000 Ethiopians returned Protest the position of the United States In their country.
The demonstration organized by the Ethiopian authorities in Addis Ababa stated that Ethiopia does not need “Western intervention.”