The Ethiopian Ambassador to South Sudan called on the international community to be ‘‘fair and objective’’ in its approach to the conflict in the country.
Ambassador Nebil Mahdi Abdullahi, said those with influence must convince the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) that it must bear the consequences.
“Equating the government with this outlawed terrorist group and apportioning blame is completely wrong. The TPLF reignited the conflict in a premeditated manner; stole fuel destined for humanitarian aid, and is rejecting peace efforts under the auspices of the African Union. Insulting and denigrating the African Union must be condemned. “
“Even during these increased hostilities, we have to talk about the prospects for peace. You all know our position on this matter. Our commitment to peace is not rhetorical,” said Nebil.
Nebil claimed that the TPLF continues with its preconditions and demands, hesitating to accept the peace efforts facilitated by the African Union.
While he praised the efforts of countries and humanitarian actors who attempted to assist the Ethiopian government in preventing another round of violent conflict in Ethiopia, the diplomat stated that “this does not give us the whole picture.”
Nebil claimed that the TPLF had received military equipment as the worst example of the opposition to the government. He asserted that this is a flagrant violation of Ethiopia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
“We are disappointed to see and endure the open conspiracy of some actors, on the other hand, profess partnership with our country. We implemented a re-engagement strategy to reset our relations with several countries. We have registered encouraging progress,’’ he protested.
“Some entities and sub-national elements have persisted with a very negative view of this country. Very few have gone the extra mile of supporting the TPLF. Some have promised to support them in open meetings. Others have given them their support in subtle ways. Still, others have used their media platforms and personal accounts to give their support”, Amb. Nebil alleged.
On August 24, 2022, the TPLF and Ethiopian government forces launched an all-out assault that quickly spread to different parts of the Amhara and Afar regions. However, according to Ambassador Nebil, the TPLF escalated its aggression only to impede the flow of aid to northern Ethiopia.
The TPLF has accused the government of Ethiopia of being a hardliner and preventing negotiations.
The Addis Ababa government was fronting for mediation by the former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo while the rebel group insisted that Kenyan outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta should be the mediator.
Via The City Review