Eritrea’s foreign minister has accused the Biden administration of “provoking and destabilizing further conflict” in northern Ethiopia.
Eritrea’s foreign minister has blamed US administrations for supporting the Tigray People’s Liberation Movement (TPLF) in the northern Tigris region of Ethiopia for the past 20 years, adding that accusations that Eritrea was involved in the fighting were baseless.
In a letter to the UN Security Council on Monday, Osman Saleh accused President Joe Biden’s administration of “intervening in the region by inciting further conflict and destabilization” to “apparently revive the remnants of the TPLF regime.”
The TPLF led the coalition that led Ethiopia for almost 30 years before Prime Minister Abi Ahmed came to power in 2018.
Abi later alienated the TPLF as soon as he took office, making peace with Eritrea’s longtime enemies, and tensions escalated.
In November of last year, Abi entered the region to arrest and disarm the group’s leaders, saying it was in response to TPLF attacks on federal army camps.
Although he promised that the hostilities would be short-lived, almost seven months later, fighting continued, reports of atrocities abounded, and world leaders warned of a humanitarian catastrophe.
It is estimated that thousands of people died in the war, which resulted in one third of the region’s six million people fleeing.
The United Nations on Friday warned of famine in Tigray, northern Ethiopia, saying hundreds of thousands were at risk of death.
The head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Mark Lukok, said in a statement that the economy had been destroyed along with businesses, crops, farms, and no banking or telecommunications services.
Eritrean forces have also been accused of committing atrocities with Ethiopian troops in Tigris.
Saleh’s letter did not mention Eritrean troops in the Tigris, despite international calls for them to withdraw.
Eritrea only accepted it in April his forces participated several months after the war in the Tigris. After that The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced Eritrean forces began withdrawing from the Tigris after fighting with the government.
Numerous witnesses, rape survivors, officials, and paramedics say that Eritrean soldiers were spotted far from the border, sometimes dressed in the faded fatigue of the Ethiopian army, controlling key roads and some communities.
Eritrean soldiers in April They opened fire on civilians In Tigray, three people were killed and at least 19 were injured, according to Amnesty International.
The Ethiopian government considers TPLF fighters “terrorists” who have disregarded Abi’s reputation. But recent atrocities seem to be increasing support for the TPLF.
Saleh accused the TPLF of carrying out a disinformation campaign to arm itself to cover up its illegal plots to overthrow the Abi government.
He called on the UN Security Council to “take appropriate measures to eliminate injustice”.
Saleh also criticized the recent US State Department statement on visa bans on military officials in Eritrea, saying it was only the latest in a series of “unilateral acts of terrorism”.
In less than two weeks, more than 10,000 Ethiopians protested against the US position on their land.
The demonstration organized by the Ethiopian authorities in Addis Ababa said that Ethiopia did not need “Western intervention”.