A United Nations Security Council meeting about the unrest in Tigray, Ethiopia, will be held at the request of the United States, according to diplomatic sources.
Similar to the meeting on March 4, the council will meet behind closed doors. Currently, China and Russia have both opposed the possibility of calling for an unanimous “end to violence” in Tigray. Both countries are calling the armed conflict an “internal affair.”
On Thursday, the 15 members of the council will be given a briefing on the ongoing violence in Tigray by U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock. According to the U.N., it has become increasingly difficult to deliver aid to Tigray due to many various obstacles.
In March, Lowcock demanded that Eritrea withdraw its troops from Tigray. Lowcock’s demand was the first recognition by a U.N. official in New York of Eritrea’s involvement in the conflict. The Eritrean army has been accused by the U.N. services in Geneva of atrocities in Tigray that could amount to “war crimes and crimes against humanity” charges. However, Asmara dismissed the charges.
At the beginning of November, when the conflict first starter, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced that the federal army would be set to Tigray to arrest and disarm the leaders of the Front for the Liberation of the People of Tigray (TPLF), whose forces were accused by Addis Ababa of attacking the federal military’s camps.
In November, Abiy assured the U.N. Secretary-General that the operation would be completed in just a few weeks. However, in early April, he said the rebels in Tigray had adopted what he called “guerrilla” that continued the conflict.
It is not currently known how many Eritrean soldiers remain in the region or whether some recently left, as Abiy claims.
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