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News Alert: US calls for TPLF to withdraw from Amhara, Afar regions, halt advances in and around Dessie and Kombolcha cities

Tigrayan fighters around Dessie. Pictures: Social Media

Addis Abeba, October 30/2021 – In the midst of conflicting reports on the status of the city of Dessie in Amhara regional State, the U.S. State Department has called on “the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) to withdraw from the Amhara and Afar regions, including halting its advances in and around the cities of Dessie and Kombolcha.” The U.S. has also called on the TPLF to half “its advances in and around the cities of Dessie and Kombolcha, urged it to ” not to use artillery against cities.”

There is no military solution to this conflict, and all parties must begin ceasefire negotiations without preconditions.

U.S. State Department

Full Statement

The United States is gravely concerned by the expansion of combat in northern Ethiopia.  We reiterate our call for the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) to withdraw from the Amhara and Afar regions, including halting its advances in and around the cities of Dessie and Kombolcha.  We urge the TPLF not to use artillery against cities and recall our strong objections to the ENDF airstrikes in Mekelle and other areas of Tigray which have cost countless lives.  There is no military solution to this conflict, and all parties must begin ceasefire negotiations without preconditions.

The United States remains committed
to saving lives and alleviating suffering through the delivery of
humanitarian assistance to all Ethiopians in need – whether in the
Tigray, Amhara, or Afar region.  We continue to be alarmed by reports of
the deliberate denial of humanitarian assistance in northern Ethiopia.
Up to 900,000 people are living in famine-like conditions in Tigray
while the government restricts urgently needed humanitarian supplies,
including medicine, fuel, and cash for relief organizations.  We repeat
our call on all parties to the conflict to allow and facilitate
unhindered humanitarian access. 

We reiterate our call for all parties
to protect civilians and end human rights abuses and violations of
international humanitarian law.  Those responsible for such abuses and
violations must be held accountable.

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