Panafrican News Agency

Ethiopian crisis: US reiterates calls for ceasefire

Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has reiterated its concern about the renewed fighting in Ethiopia and called on all parties to participate in the African Union-led peace talks.

Answering questions at a press briefing in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, Vedant Patel, Principal Deputy Spokesperson of the US State Department, said the US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, Ambassador Mike Hammer, arrived in Ethiopia on on Monday to support efforts to get the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) and Ethiopian Government to come to an immediate cessation of hostilities and participate in the peace talks. 

He said: "The U.S. condemns the TPLF offensive outside of Tigray, we condemn the Ethiopian Government’s airstrikes and ground offensives, and we condemn Eritrea’s re-entry into the conflict as well."

Patel said these actions are increasing tensions throughout the region and worsening the humanitarian situation, stressing "in our view, there is no military solution to this conflict".

Ambassador Hammer will consult with the Ethiopian Government, the African Union representatives, and international partners on the next step forward while in the country.

This is the latest round of conflict between both sides since the initial start of the war in November 2020.  

-0- PANA MA 3Sept2022