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African Union welcomes declaration of humanitarian truce in Ethiopia

African Union welcomes declaration of humanitarian truce in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, Mar 25 (Prensa Latina) The African Union (AU) welcomed the recent humanitarian truce declared by the government of Ethiopia, with the aim of saving lives and reducing the suffering of citizens in the state of Tigray.
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In a statement, the organization said it welcomes the decision, under which the federal authorities will take extraordinary measures to accelerate humanitarian assistance and prevent further instability and displacement in the area.

It also approves the announcement by the Tigrayan administration of its commitment to observe this truce and its declaration to establish an immediate cessation of hostilities, specifies the text initialed by the president of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat.

It also “urges the donor community and humanitarian agencies to redouble their efforts to alleviate the dire humanitarian situation in Tigray and all affected regions, including Amhara and Afar”.

All partners, he reiterated, should intensify efforts to ensure the provision of humanitarian aid to those in need in these areas of Ethiopia.

Yesterday, Ethiopia declared an indefinite humanitarian truce because its efforts so far have not been enough to improve the precarious situation of thousands of people, who have left for neighboring communities in search of help and exacerbated the imbalance prevailing in the region, the text says.

While it is very encouraging to see the fraternal bond and solidarity demonstrated by the localities receiving those in need of assistance, the federal authorities have a duty to ensure stability in the area, a notification from the Government Communication Service said.

It further noted that alleviating the circumstances of those affected by the conflict against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) “is a priority and a responsibility that the government takes very seriously”.

Following an attack by the Front on the TPLF, war broke out in the Ethiopian north in November 2020, extending in the middle of last year to the Afar and Amhara regions.

Before the end of 2021, the army liberated the occupied areas in these states, where, according to official reports, 1,800,000 people were displaced and 8,300,000 were left in a situation of food insecurity.

However, it did not advance towards Tigray, the extreme north where the members of the TPLF, declared terrorist by the Parliament, are taking refuge, and the armed conflict continues without a definitive outcome.

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