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Ethiopia: UN Chief Gravely Concerned Over ‘unspeakable Violence’ In Tigray

ethiopia un chief gravely concerned over unspeakable violence in tigray
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Speaking outside the Security Council chamber on
Thursday, UN chief António Guterres told journalists that
he is gravely concerned about the situation in Ethiopia,
particularly the “unspeakable violence” against women
and others in Tigray.

The Secretary-General’s
remarks came on World Humanitarian Day, and he recognized
humanitarians “and the many millions of people they strive
to help everyday”.

He described the misery of the
Ethiopian people, and the “hellish” humanitarian
conditions they are facing, with millions in need and
infrastructure destroyed. The spread of the conflict, he
added, has “ensnared even more people in its
horror”.

“Now is the time to put an end to the
suffering”, stressed Mr. Guterres. “It is time for all
parties to recognize that there is no military solution, and
it is vital to preserve the unity and stability of Ethiopia
which is critical to the region and beyond”.

Give
peace in Ethiopia a chance

To “give peace a
chance” in Ethiopia, the Secretary-General appealed for
action on three fronts: an immediate end to hostilities;
guaranteed, unrestricted humanitarian access, together with
the re-establishment of public services in all affected
areas; and the creation of conditions that “allow for the
start of an Ethiopian-led political dialogue to find a
solution for the crisis”.

“Such a dialogue can
contribute to addressing the underlying causes of the
conflict and ensure Ethiopian voices direct the pathway to
peace”, the UN chief explained, calling each of these
steps “critical” to a peaceful settlement.

Mr.
Guterres assured journalists that the UN continues to have a
humanitarian presence in and near Tigray, although there is
a lack of full humanitarian access. The UN chief added that
the UN would continue to work together with the African
Union and other partners “to support the Ethiopian people
on the way to peace and reconciliation”.

Aid to
Afghanistan and Haiti

Thursday also marks the
National Day of Afghanistan, and the top diplomat directed a
special message to the Afghan people “during this trying
time”.

“The United Nations is with you and
committed to stay and deliver to help advance peace,
opportunity and human rights for all”, he
stated.

The UN chief also paid tribute to
humanitarians who are providing life-saving support in
places like Haiti, saying that “our hearts ache at the
suffering and devastating toll from the recent
earthquake.”

The UN is on the ground there providing
relief, including medical supplies and health care, clean
water and emergency
shelter.

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