Ethiopia Accuses U.S., EU of 'Indulging' Tigray Rebels
A senior Ethiopian official has accused EU and U.S. diplomats of "indulging" rebels in the northern Tigray region, after the envoys called for the restoration of services to the province.
Federal officials have said they are ready to start talks immediately and "without preconditions," but the rebels are insisting that services are restored to Tigray before negotiations commence.
Following a visit to Tigray's regional capital, Mekelle, U.S. special envoy to the Horn of Africa, Mike Hammer, and his EU counterpart, Anette Weber, called for "unfettered" humanitarian access to Tigray and for the "swift restoration of electricity, telecom, banking and other basic services" in the region.
At a press conference after the visit, Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) spokesperson Getachew Reda said his side believes "the only game in town is talking, because its alternative, shooting, will have disastrous consequences."
The war in northern Ethiopia that began in November 2020 has left millions in Tigray on the brink of famine. Reports suggest that nearly 40% of the region's six million inhabitants face "an extreme lack of food". Shortages have forced aid workers to deliver medicines and other crucial supplies "sometimes by foot".
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