Security Council fails to issue a statement on Ethiopia crisis

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The UN Security Council on Friday failed to issue a statement on the current crisis in Ethiopia after Russia objected, according to diplomatic sources.

Diplomatic sources at the United Nations said that the Russian delegation obstructed the issuance of a draft statement from the Security Council on the Ethiopian crisis.

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The sources added that Russia used the right to exercise “breaking the silence” for the draft statement prepared by Ireland.

She explained that the issuance of the statement, like all presidential or press statements of the Council, required the approval of all representatives of the 15 member states.

UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters that Secretary-General Antonio Guterres “would like to see a unified position from all council members regarding the crisis in Ethiopia.”

Earlier today, the Security Council was scheduled to hold an open session on the Ethiopian crisis.

This is at the request of the President of the Council, Mexican Ambassador Juan Ramon de la Fuente, and with the support of 4 countries: Ireland, Tunisia, Kenya, and Niger.

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The draft statement contained a warning of the repercussions of the expansion of hostilities on stability in Ethiopia and the countries of the region.

The draft also called on all parties to immediately end hostilities without delay.

He also urged the parties “to cooperate with the High Representative of the African Union in order to achieve a ceasefire and a quick and peaceful solution to the conflict.”

Recently, the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia has witnessed rapid developments, as Addis Ababa declared a state of emergency throughout the country as a result of the advance of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front forces in Amhara state in the region.

On Saturday and Sunday, the LTTE declared control of the strategic city of Disi and Kombolcha in Tigray.

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The developments in Tigray come a year after clashes erupted on November 4, 2020, between the Ethiopian army and the Front, after government forces entered the region in response to an attack on an army base.