The United States on Thursday once again outlined the conditions that would need to be met for a possible resolution of the crisis in the Ethiopia’s Tigray region.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power outlined what would be needed to bring out peace and stability in Ethiopia when she met virtually with Per Olsson Fridh, Minister for International Development Cooperation of Sweden.
According to her, the focus of the United States government remains to press for humanitarian access and an end to the conflict. She said the first two steps would be followed by accountability for human rights abuses in the region.
USAID Spokesperson Rebecca Chalif said Power and Fridh “agreed to continue to press for humanitarian access to address widespread famine, as well as the cessation of hostilities and accountability for human rights violations and abuses in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.”
They further agreed on the importance of development and humanitarian assistance to support Sudan’s transitional democracy, Chalif added.
More broadly, Power and Fridh discussed opportunities to work together to promote democracy, human rights, and independent media, especially in Eastern Europe, and expressed shared support for the Belarusian people who are standing up for democratic values and human rights.
They noted the recent protests in Cuba due to continued human rights violations and discussed support for independent media, activists, and opposition leaders.
“Administrator Power and Minister Olsson Fridh agreed to continue to work closely together, and with other donor partners, on COVID-19, climate change and resilience, and noted their concern for environmental defenders, especially local indigenous leaders, who are increasingly under threat and attack,” Chalif said, adding that they also discussed humanitarian and development assistance priorities in Central America and Afghanistan.