United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appealed to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali and the leader of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, Depression Gebremichel, to end the fighting and start comprehensive negotiations to resolve the crisis.
This came during a phone call the Secretary-General had with them on Friday, according to a statement issued by Guterres’ spokesman, Stephan.
The statement stated that “the Secretary-General spoke by phone and separately with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the leader of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, Gebremichel.”
The statement pointed out that the call came in coordination with the African Union mediator, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, and the current Kenyan, Uhuru Kenyatta.
The statement added: “The Secretary-General appealed to the two parties to put an end to the fighting and start comprehensive negotiations to resolve the ongoing crisis.”
On November 4, 2020, violent clashes erupted between the Ethiopian army and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front.
This is after government forces entered the region in response to an attack on an army base.
On the 28th of the same month, Ethiopia announced the end of the “law enforcement” operation by controlling the entire region.
Despite reports of continuing human rights violations in the area, where thousands of civilians were killed.
According to observers, the conflict caused the displacement of hundreds of thousands, and the flight of more than 60,000 people to Sudan, while Khartoum says that their numbers reached 71,488 people.