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US urges TPLF for ‘further withdrawals from Afar Regional State’

The US government hailed the Afar Regional Government, the Ethiopian government and the TPLF authority for facilitating the delivery of aid to the Tigray region

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In its latest set of statements on the situation in Ethiopia, which was released on Friday, the US State Department said “we welcome the withdrawal of Tigrayan forces from Erebti and underscore the importance of further withdrawals from the regional state Affar”.

The United States has remained silent on atrocities committed by TPLF forces in the Afar region of Ethiopia, which has sparked a large-scale humanitarian crisis forcing hundreds of thousands of Afars to be displaced from their homes and communities. cities.

The constant pressure from the United States to secure delivery access through the Afar region as the TPLF ransacked parts of the Afar region was an issue over which many Afar activists and politicians had expressed disenchantment.

Kontie Moussaa former senior leader of the Afar People’s Party, who is currently an activist, has spoken out on the issue.

This week he tweeted: “#UN & #IC complained that aid delivery was blocked by #Afars. And, the #TPLF justified its occupation of #Afar to open the corridor of aid. Today, aid goes through #Afar to #Tigray, but the #TPLF has continued its occupation, aggression and destruction. 1/2”

The latest US State Department calling on TPLF forces to withdraw from the Afar region is viewed favorably by Afar activists, although it remains to be seen whether the US has said so.

The statement also expressed gratitude to the authorities who helped make possible the delivery of humanitarian aid to the Tigray region.

“We appreciate the efforts of the Ethiopian government, Tigray regional authorities and Afar regional authorities to facilitate this delivery. We also commend United Nations agencies, international organizations, US government partners, and the continued efforts of humanitarian organizations across Ethiopia to provide assistance to all those in need. We reaffirm the importance of meaningful, sustained, unconditional and unhindered humanitarian access to Tigray – as well as to all suffering communities, including Afar populations – and the urgency of the resumption of basic services , including electricity, telecommunications and banking,” he said.

1,700 metric tonnes of humanitarian aid were delivered to Tigray earlier this week.

The war in northern Ethiopia began in November 2020 when the forces of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) attacked several bases of the Ethiopian Defense Forces Northern Command.

Last month, the Ethiopian government declared a humanitarian truce, in what appears to be a show of willingness to end the cessation of hostilities, to which TPLF forces responded positively within hours of the Ethiopian government’s announcement.

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