Offbeat Ethiopia: Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed rejects mediation attempts in Tigray

14:50  25 november  2020
14:50  25 november  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

Ethiopia says progress in Tigray, 10,000 missing prisoners

 Ethiopia says progress in Tigray, 10,000 missing prisoners © Ouest-France Map of Ethiopia. Government forces reportedly retook the town of Alamata. Addis Ababa accuses the rebels of having taken tens of thousands of prisoners in their flight. Ethiopian authorities accuse Tigray forces of having taken 10,000 prisoners while fleeing a town taken over by government forces in this northern region of the country .

In several statements, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed rejected what he called "any interference in our internal affairs." More than 41,000 people have fled the Tigray region. AU's attempts to mediate seem doomed. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed met with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah

The Ethiopian prime minister , who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019, has rejected a request He added: "Our law enforcement operations in Tigray are proceeding as planned: operations will cease as soon media captionFour things that explain the crisis in the Tigray region of Ethiopia .

Le Premier ministre éthiopien Abiy Ahmed, le 12 janvier 2020 à Pretoria, en Afrique du Sud. © 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.

From our correspondent in the region, Sébastien Németh

On Wednesday Abiy Ahmed opposed the attempts at mediation. The Ethiopian Prime Minister recalled that a "fundamental element of the international order" was "the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states". Clearly, an end of inadmissibility to all the steps in favor of the dialogue .

Ethiopia: attempts at mediation in the conflict in Tigray

 Ethiopia: attempts at mediation in the conflict in Tigray © Ebrahim HAMID An Ethiopian refugee builds a shelter in a camp in Gadaref in Sudan on November 15, 2020 Various mediations tried to organize on Monday to put an end to the conflict that Since November 4, the Ethiopian federal army has been opposing the forces of the dissident region of Tigray, after a weekend marked by a dangerous escalation.

The Ethiopian government will not talk with leaders of the northern Tigray region to end the conflict there, an aide to PM Abiy Ahmed has told the BBC. But Ethiopia has rejected the offer, seeing its operation as an internal "law enforcement" mission. Government forces seized key towns last week

Ethiopia Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed . Business Service. In accordance with the decision of the House of Federation for the establishment of a provisional administration that is accountable to the Federal Government within the Regional State of Tigray pursuant to Article 62(9) of the FDRE

Abiy Ahmed said "understand the efforts to help". But for him, "the international community must stay in the background until the government submits a request for assistance."

Words that seem to sign in advance the failure of the latest African Union initiative. The institution has decided to send three former presidents to Addis Ababa. “Ethiopia does not want mediation. It's a problem. But our goal remains to stop the war because the humanitarian consequences are dire, ”a source told the AU.

"The Prime Minister does not understand us"

The concern is all the greater that today expires an ultimatum from the federal government asking the TPLF to surrender. Ultimatum rejected on Monday by the president of the Tigray region. “The Prime Minister does not understand us. We are a people of principle and ready to die defending our right to manage our native land ”, declared Debretsion Gebremichael. All the way up to the end that makes Mekele fear another bloodbath.

On Tuesday, the European Union called for humanitarian access to those in need. Brussels demands that international law be applied. However, this is the law that Addis Ababa says it wants to restore. In this conflict, all positions seem poles apart from each other.

Asmara targeted a third time by rockets from the Ethiopian region of Tigray .
© EDUARDO SOTERAS Amhara special forces fighters in Dansha, November 25, 2020 in Ethiopia The Eritrean capital Asmara was targeted for the third time by rockets fired from Tigray, diplomatic sources said Sunday, the day after the capture of Mekele, the capital of the dissident region in northern Ethiopia.

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