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Canada Abiy Ahmed urges the world not to interfere in Ethiopia's "internal affairs"

17:10  25 november  2020
17:10  25 november  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

Uganda: President Yoweri Museveni calls for negotiations in Ethiopia

 Uganda: President Yoweri Museveni calls for negotiations in Ethiopia © Sumy Sadurni, AFP Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, on Monday November 16, began a mediation between the Ethiopian government and the dissident regional authorities in Tigray. (Illustration) During a meeting on Monday with Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen Hassen, President of Uganda Yoweri Museveni called for negotiations for a return to peace in Ethiopia. Since November 4, the armed forces of the central government have been confronting those of the Tigray region.

Ethiopia ' s government maintains that the fighting is an internal law enforcement matter. In several statements, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed rejected what he called "any interference in our internal affairs ." Nevertheless, the conflict is bound to impact the whole region.

Ethiopia has described the fighting as an internal law enforcement matter, a position Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed reiterated in a statement on Wednesday. "We reject any interference in our internal affairs ," he said. Tigrayans forces have fired rockets at the neighbouring country of Eritrea

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Wednesday asked the international community not to interfere in the conflict in Tigray, a few hours before the end of the ultimatum he gave to the leaders of this region to surrender or undergo a "merciless" attack on their capital.

Three weeks after the start of the conflict between the Ethiopian federal army and the dissident authorities in this region in the north of the country, the prospect of an assault on Mekele raises fears of the worst for its some 500,000 inhabitants.

Despite divisions between African and European countries, the UN Security Council held a first meeting on Tuesday on the conflict, without a joint declaration on its exit. The Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres , the United States and the European Union (EU) call for an end to the fighting that began on November 4.

Ethiopia: each camp claims victories in Tigray

 Ethiopia: each camp claims victories in Tigray © Provided by Le Point The Ethiopian government and the authorities of the dissident region of Tigray claimed on Wednesday, each on their own, important military victories in the conflict between them for two weeks, entered according to Addis Ababa in its "final" phase. On November 4, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, 2019 Nobel Peace Prize winner, sent the federal army to assault this region of northern Ethiopia after months of tensions with the Front de Liberation of the Tigray Peoples (TPLF).

Ethiopia has rebuffed attempts at international mediation since conflict erupted in its northern Tigray Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has refused to negotiate with the Tigray People' s Liberation Front. Beijing tends not to get involved in the internal affairs of countries it supports even with large public

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But, as the 72-hour ultimatum comes to an end on Wednesday evening, the belligerents camp on their positions: the president of Tigray, Debretsion Gebremichael, affirms that his people are "ready to die" while Mr. Abiy, Nobel Prize winner peace 2019, rejects all "interference in the internal affairs" of Ethiopia .

"We respectfully urge the international community to refrain from any unwelcome and unlawful act of interference and to respect the fundamental principles of non-intervention contained in international law," Mr. Abiy wrote in a statement on Wednesday.

"As a sovereign state, Ethiopia is entitled to guarantee and apply its laws on its own territory. And that is exactly what we are doing", adds the Prime Minister who has always described the offensive military "operation to maintain order".

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed waves to supporters as he attends a rally in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia , June In April, Abiy suggested that Ethiopian prime ministers should adhere to strict term limits. Alongside his domestic reforms, Abiy has shaken up Ethiopia ’ s relations with its neighbors.

Fighting between Ethiopia ' s military and regional forces from the northern Tigray region is seriously destabilising the East African region and Ethiopia has described the fighting as an internal law enforcement matter, a position Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed reiterated in a statement on Wednesday.

Mr. Abiy justifies the intervention against the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), in power in this region and which had been challenging its authority for months, by the obligation to "preserve the political and constitutional order" of this federal country.

Long-standing tensions between Addis Ababa and the TPLF - which for nearly three decades controlled the Ethiopian political and security apparatus before being gradually removed from power by Mr. Abiy - peaked with the organization in September in Tigray of a poll qualified as "illegitimate" by the federal government .

The Prime Minister also highlights the accusations already made - but both denied by the TPLF - according to which the Tigrayian forces attacked two federal military bases in Tigray in early November and that they massacred, shortly after the start of the conflict, more than 600 people in the town of Mai Kadra.

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Ethiopia has described the fighting as an internal law enforcement matter, a position Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed reiterated in a statement on Wednesday. In Somalia, Ethiopia has disarmed several hundred Tigrayans in an African Union peacekeeping force fighting al Qaeda-linked militants.

Ethiopia has described the fighting as an internal law enforcement matter, a position Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed reiterated in a statement on Wednesday. "We reject any interference in our internal affairs ," he said. Tigrayans forces have fired rockets at the neighbouring country of Eritrea, and

Calls for dialogue

Verification on the ground and from an independent source of the assertions of both sides is very difficult, Tigray having been almost cut off from the world since the start of the conflict.

The army, which called on the inhabitants of Mekele to flee, claims to be ready to surround the city with tanks and that the battle which will follow will be "without mercy".

The African Union (AU), whose headquarters are based in the Ethiopian capital, has started an attempt at mediation, which it has tasked with former Mozambican presidents Joaquim Chissano, Liberian Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and South African Kgalema Motlanthe .

But the Ethiopian government has reiterated its rejection at this stage of such an initiative, specifying that it "would speak with these envoys out of respect for (...) African leaders".

On Wednesday, just chosen by President-elect Joe Biden, future US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan called on both sides to "immediately begin dialogue" with AU mediators.

No precise record of the fighting, which killed at least hundreds of people, is available. But the conflict has already pushed some 40,000 inhabitants of Tigray to take refuge in Sudan and caused significant internal displacements in the region, in particular towards Mekele, without knowing the exact extent.

On Tuesday, EU Foreign Minister Josep Borrell spoke with Ethiopian Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen about the humanitarian crisis.

"The message from the EU is clear: we call on all parties to put in place the conditions that will allow unhindered access to those who need it," Borrel said in a statement.

25/11/2020 13:26:57 - Addis Ababa (AFP) - © 2020 AFP

Ethiopia: Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed rejects mediation attempts in Tigray .
© Themba Hadebe / AP Photo Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, January 12, 2020 in Pretoria, South Africa. In Ethiopia, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s ultimatum expires on Wednesday. Humanitarians and politicians fear a bloodbath as the region is cut off from the world. Diplomats, international institutions and foreign powers are trying to encourage dialogue. But the Ethiopian authorities are still turning a deaf ear.

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