Ethiopia .. a UN statement and an American plan of 4 points and 9 armed movements allied to oust Abi Ahmed

The Security Council adopted a press statement expressing deep concern about the expansion and intensification of military clashes in recent weeks in northern Ethiopia, while 9 armed movements announced their intention to march to the capital, Addis Ababa, to overthrow the government of Abi Ahmed.

The Security Council called on the parties to the conflict there to end hostilities and negotiate a permanent ceasefire. The Council also called for creating conditions for the start of a comprehensive Ethiopian national dialogue to resolve the crisis.

The Security Council also called on all parties to the conflict to ensure full, safe, and unrestricted humanitarian access in accordance with international humanitarian law.

The draft statement – a copy of which was obtained by Al Jazeera – expressed grave concern about the impact of the conflict on the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia, as well as the stability of the country and the wider region.

road map

The US State Department called on all US nationals in Ethiopia to leave as soon as possible.

In parallel, sources revealed to Al Jazeera that the US envoy to the Horn of Africa, Jeffrey Feltman, presented proposals and a roadmap to end the crisis in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.

On Friday, Feltman held intensive talks with the Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Demke Mokkinen, and the Ministers of Defense Abraham Bly and Finance Ahmed Shede.

Sources revealed to Al Jazeera that Feltman’s plan includes a ceasefire, the withdrawal of forces until before the fourth of November, the delivery of humanitarian aid, and the immediate start of dialogue.

Diplomatic sources told Al Jazeera that the European Union is coordinating with the African Union and the American envoy to stop the fighting in northern Ethiopia.

European call to stop supplying arms to Ethiopia

In an interview with Al Jazeera, the Chair of the Committee on Relations with Africa in the European Parliament, Maria Rodriguez Ramos, called for the need to stop the supply of arms to Ethiopia as an urgent step.

She stressed that the European Union bodies are studying the request to send UN forces to ensure security in the region, noting that the European position is unified regarding the crisis in Tigray.

It also expressed the concern of the European Union organs about the worsening crisis in Ethiopia and its repercussions on stability in the Horn of Africa region.

international move

Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, said that the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths met Friday with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, and had constructive discussions with him in Addis Ababa on the humanitarian situation.

Haq explained that Griffiths will meet tomorrow with representatives of non-governmental organizations and United Nations agencies to discuss efforts to deliver humanitarian aid to those in need.

He added that humanitarian needs are increasing across Ethiopia, and the international organization is facing challenges in funding humanitarian response efforts.

On the other hand, the Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Demeki Mokkinen, criticized what he called misleading accounts from some quarters regarding the situation of humanitarian aid in his country.

During his meeting in Addis Ababa, Griffiths, Mokenen accused the Tigray People’s Liberation Front of harming the Ethiopian people.

military alliance

Earlier, 9 groups opposed to the Ethiopian government announced a new alliance to overthrow Abi Ahmed’s government, at a time when the country is in a state of emergency with the intensification of battles between Ethiopian forces and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front.

At a press conference in Washington, representatives of a number of Ethiopian factions announced the new military alliance, which includes: the Tigray People’s Liberation Front and the Oromo Liberation Army, two factions originally allied and fighting government forces for months in the Tigray and Amhara regions (in the north of the country).

The alliance also includes: the Afar Revolutionary Front for Democratic Unity, the Agao Democratic Movement, the Benishangul People’s Liberation Movement, the Gambella People’s Liberation Army, the Kimant Democratic Party, the Sidama National Liberation Front, and the Somali State Resistance.

The coalition said – in a press conference – that it intends to dissolve Abi Ahmed’s government, whether by force or negotiations, and then form a transitional government, and added that its front was formed “to address the severe damage caused by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s rule on peoples at home and abroad,” and “in recognition of the necessity of Cooperate and unite forces to move towards a safe transition.”

On the other hand, the Ethiopian army called – on Friday – the former soldiers to fight in its ranks again to fight the rebels.

The army said – in a statement – that it calls on the former members of the Ethiopian armed forces to register standing by the national army, and to contribute their knowledge and experience in order to thwart the ongoing attack to destroy the country, according to what was reported by the Addis Standard website.

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