The United States on Wednesday, again, vowed to confront the deteriorating crisis in the northern Ethiopian region of Tigray, even as famine looms there.
The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations underscored asserted that the United States is committed to seeing that the crisis in Tigray region is resolved urgently.
“We have asked for a ceasefire; we’ve demanded a ceasefire. We’ve asked that the Ethiopian government allow for humanitarian assistance to be brought into all areas of the country,” said Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield during a press conference.
While the United States along with other members of the international community have pressed the Ethiopian and Eritrean governments to cease hostilities and cooperate with humanitarian efforts to the region, the violence continues.
A village market in Tigray was bombed Tuesday, resulting in dozens of civilian injuries and deaths. The United States has condemned the attack, calling for medical assistance to the region and an investigation into what took place.
Referring to the United Nations Security Council, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield explained that she is “disappointed that we have not had an open Council meeting on the situation in Ethiopia, and I will continue to push for that.”
The United States has repeatedly called for the immediate withdrawal of Eritrean forces from Ethiopia. However, this plea has been disregarded and Eritrean troops still occupy much of Tigray today as international pressure continues to build for Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to call for a cessation of hostilities.
As millions of Tigrayans require immediate humanitarian assistance, the United Nations reports that several hundreds of thousands of people in the region are on the brink of famine conditions.
The long-term detrimental effects of the conflict in Tigray continue to worsen as time goes on and conflict poses a threat to regional stability and food security.
United States Ambassador to the U.N. Linda Thomas-Greenfield highlighted Wednesday the importance of holding perpetrators of human rights violations responsible, also saying, “this is an issue that we need to confront completely and wholeheartedly.”