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Ethiopia Denounces U.S. Attempt to Make Pronouncements on Its Internal Affairs

Ethiopia’s foreign ministry said in a statement that pronouncements by the United States on Ethiopia’s internal affairs were “regrettable”. (Photo: Alex Edelman/Pool via Reuters)

BY FBC

The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has rejected the press statement issued by the US Secretary of State Mr. Antony J. Blinken yesterday regarding Tigray regional state.

“An attempt by the U.S. to make pronouncements on Ethiopia’s internal affairs and specifically, the reference to the Amhara regional forces redeployment in the press statement, is regrettable,” the statement said.

“It should be clear that such matters are the sole responsibility of the Ethiopian government, which as a sovereign nation, is responsible to deploy the necessary security structures and means available in ensuring the rule of law within all corners of its borders,” it added.



Read the full statement issued by MoFA below:

(PRESS RELEASE) On the US Statement on the Situation in the Tigray Region

The Government of Ethiopia’s prevailing focus and priority has been and still is to effectively respond to the humanitarian situation in the Tigray region. In doing so, it continues to collaborate and coordinate its actions with international partners to reach out to every person in need.

It should be noted that the Ethiopian government thus far is covering 70% of the assistance from its resources, while the remaining 30% is shared by development partners and NGOs. So far, the ongoing relief efforts have reached out to more than three million people. Priority is being given to people in vulnerable situations, particularly for women and children.

With the significant improvement in the security situation in the region, the government has now allowed unfettered access to humanitarian actors. It has also put in place an expedited clearance system to remove the bureaucratic hurdles in securing the necessary permits to operate in the region.

Accordingly, the World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director, David Beasley, has confirmed the important progress that has been made in the humanitarian response, while also underscoring the need to do more. The international community needs to respond to his urgent appeal for more resources to scale up the ongoing relief operations, instead of continuously lamenting the dire humanitarian situation in the region.

On the other hand, the Ethiopian government has made its position unequivocally clear concerning human rights abuses and crimes allegedly committed in the Tigray region.



The government of Ethiopia takes its responsibility for the safety, security, and well-being of all Ethiopian citizens very seriously. That is why it is fully committed to undertake thorough investigations to get to the bottom of the issue and bring perpetrators to justice.

In this connection, the government not only welcomed the support of international human rights experts but also signaled the possibility of collaboration on joint investigations with the relevant human rights bodies.
Therefore, the government has shown its determination to engage positively and constructively by responding to the two major requests of the international community, i.e., unfettered access for the delivery of humanitarian assistance and independent investigation into the alleged human rights violations and crimes committed in the Tigray region.

These are also the main issues raised by the US Secretary of State, Mr. Antony J. Blinken in his press statement issued on 27 February 2021.

However, an attempt by the US to make pronouncements on Ethiopia’s internal affairs and specifically the reference to the Amhara regional forces redeployment in the above-mentioned press statement is regrettable.

It should be clear that such matters are the sole responsibility of the Ethiopian government, which as a sovereign nation is responsible to deploy the necessary security structures and means available in ensuring the rule of law within all corners of its borders.



The Ethiopian government, like any government of a sovereign nation, has in place various organizing principles in its Federal and regional structures which are solely accountable only to the Ethiopian people. The Federal Government is mandated by the Constitution to ensure peace and security against any threats to the Constitutional order of the country.

It is in the spirit of this responsibility and holding a nation together from treasonous and divisive forces that the Federal government has been undertaking the rule of law operations in Tigray.

Ethiopia has an unwavering commitment to honoring its international responsibilities, despite the destabilizing nature of the challenges that ensued due to the high treason of a criminal clique.

Nevertheless, honoring international obligations and responsibilities should not be deemed by any entity as an invitation to dictate a sovereign nation’s internal affairs.


Atrocities in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region (Press Statement)

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE

FEBRUARY 27, 2021

The United States is gravely concerned by reported atrocities and the overall deteriorating situation in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. We strongly condemn the killings, forced removals and displacements, sexual assaults, and other extremely serious human rights violations and abuses by several parties that multiple organizations have reported in Tigray.

We are also deeply concerned by the worsening humanitarian crisis. The United States has repeatedly engaged the Ethiopian government on the importance of ending the violence, ensuring unhindered humanitarian access to Tigray, and allowing a full, independent, international investigation into all reports of human rights violations, abuses, and atrocities. Those responsible for them must be held accountable.

The United States acknowledges the February 26 statements from the Ethiopian Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs promising unhindered humanitarian access, welcoming international support for investigations into human rights violations and abuses, and committing to full accountability. The international community needs to work collectively to ensure that these commitments are realized.



The immediate withdrawal of Eritrean forces and Amhara regional forces from Tigray are essential first steps. They should be accompanied by unilateral declarations of cessation of hostilities by all parties to the conflict and a commitment to permit unhindered delivery of assistance to those in Tigray.

The United States is committed to working with the international community to achieve these goals. To that end, USAID will deploy a Disaster Assistance Response Team to Ethiopia to continue delivering life-saving assistance.

We ask international partners, especially the African Union and regional partners, to work with us to address the crisis in Tigray, including through action at the UN and other relevant bodies.

The United States remains committed to building an enduring partnership with the Ethiopian people.

Ethiopia Urges International Reporters in Tigray Respect Law

Media outlets that are granted access to Tigray in the first round are expected to report accurately, truthfully, and professionally in accordance with the country’s broadcasting proclamation, the constitution, and other humanitarian provisions.

BY FBC

The Ethiopian Broadcasting Authority (EBA) has urged the international media granted access to Tigray regional state to report accurately and truthfully as well as professionally.

The authority noted that the international media should be governed by the country’s broadcasting proclamation, the constitution, criminal laws, and other humanitarian provisions. Continue reading Ethiopia Urges International Reporters in Tigray Respect Law

Eritrea Encourages Sudan, Ethiopia Overcome Differences Patiently

BY SHABAIT

Eritrea’s delegation composed of Foreign Minister Osman Saleh and Presidential Adviser Yemane Ghebreab met today in Khartoum President of Sudan’s Sovereign Council, General Abdul Fattah Al-Burhan, and delivered a message from President Isaias Afwerki regarding relations between Sudan and Ethiopia. Continue reading Eritrea Encourages Sudan, Ethiopia Overcome Differences Patiently

TPLF: A Prisoner of its Own Device

“There is no such thing as a cakewalk in war, but if there ever was one, the capture of Mekelle would be it.” – Prof. Al Mariam

After a 27-year rule of oppression, corruption, invasion, and human rights violations, the time has come for the TPLF old guards to bite the bullet and face justice.

BY SENNAY ZEMEN

When the reformist forces led by Dr. Abiy Ahmed took the helm of political power after chucking the TPLF out of its high handed rule and trampling their feet on the heads of their enemy, they set to introduce a number of political, economic and social reforms, which the country had been devoid of for decades. Continue reading TPLF: A Prisoner of its Own Device

Tigray: Story of a Fall Between Tragedy and Falsehood

The truth must be respected.

BY ROBERT CROWE | ASSOCIATED MEDIAS *

Disinformation is the latest dangerous weapon left in the hands of the Tigray elites and their allies who have not accepted the change of government in Ethiopia led by Nobel Peace Prize winner Abiy Ahmed. The U.S. magazine “The Week” is the latest victim of this barrage of fake news subtly branched out by what remains of the TPLF, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, the party of former Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, and of current WHO Director-General Tedros Adhamon. Continue reading Tigray: Story of a Fall Between Tragedy and Falsehood

Ethiopia to Close Two Refugee Camps in Tigray

One is due to its proximity to the Eritrean border and the other for its inhospitable geographical condition.

Ethiopia plans to close Shimbela and Hitsats refugee camps in the northern state of Tigray, according to the country’s refugee agency.

BY KALKIDAN YIBELTAL | BBC NEWS

Ethiopia plans to close two camps in the northern state of Tigray that have been caught in the fighting between the state’s formers ruling party and the federal government, according to the country’s refugee agency. Continue reading Ethiopia to Close Two Refugee Camps in Tigray

Biased Media Attacks on Ethiopia Endangered Horn of Africa Region

The exaggerated hysterical claims are designed to inflame public opinion against the government of Ethiopia. (Map: Al-Jazeera)

BY LAWRENCE FREEMAN

In January 2021, the world witnessed a barrage of attacks on Ethiopia aimed at undermining the efforts of Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed to preserve the sovereignty of the Ethiopian nation. This is a dangerous gambit not only for the potential harm it can trigger for the people of Ethiopia, but also for the security of the Horn of Africa. Continue reading Biased Media Attacks on Ethiopia Endangered Horn of Africa Region

Tigray Opposition Parties Claim TPLF Lost 52,000 Fighters

No official death toll has emerged since the fighting began in early November between the Ethiopian federal forces and the toppled Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

Without revealing where the estimate comes from, a trio of pro-TPLF Tigray opposition parties, namely the Tigray Independence Party, the National Congress of Great Tigray and Salsay Weyane Tigray, claims that more than 50,000 killed in the three-month Tigray conflict. (Photo: @Ethiopia24News)

BY AWASA GUARDIAN

According to affiliates of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), at least 52,000 Tigrayan fighters have reportedly died since war broke out in the northern Tigray state of Ethiopia. The breaking news was announced online by members of the fringe Natsnet group made up of former TPLF members, and gained popularity after the TPLF lost power in Addis Ababa in 2018. Continue reading Tigray Opposition Parties Claim TPLF Lost 52,000 Fighters