Earlier this year, the Ethiopian authorities announced that they were “going to exterminate the Tigris for 100 years,” said the EU Special Representative for the war-torn country.,
The words of Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto, who describes his talks with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abi Ahmed and other ministers in February, are still sharp. about the conflict In the Tigris region of northern Ethiopia.
They came with a question and answer session with the European Parliament on Tuesday.
The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs rejected Haavisto’s interpretation as “ridiculous” – “a kind of hallucination or some kind of memory”.
Haavisto Special Adviser Otto Turtonen told the Associated Press that the envoy “has no further comment on this matter.”
In February, he said he had “two intense days of substantive meetings” with Abi, the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and other “key ministers” over the growing humanitarian crisis in Tigris, where thousands of civilians have been killed. in a region of about 6 million people.
Ethiopian Allied forces from neighboring Eritrea have been accused of atrocities in pursuit of fighters supporting former Tigray leaders.
It is not clear from Haavisto this week that Ethiopian officials have commented on the killing of ethnic tigers.
“When I met with the Ethiopian leadership in February, they were really using such language that they were going to destroy the Tigrayans, they were going to destroy the Tigrayans for 100 years,” the envoy said.
“If you are destroying your national minority, well, what is it?” Haaviston said. “You can not destroy all the people, you can not destroy the whole population in the Tigris. And I think it’s very obvious that we have to respond, because it’s like ethnic cleansing to us. “It is a very, very serious act, if it is true,” he said.
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– Mick Wallace (@wallacemick) June 17, 2021
Abiy ordered a ground-to-air operation in Tigray in early November 2020 after accusing the then-ruling party in the region, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), of carrying out attacks on federal army camps. rejected by TPLF officials.
The 44-year-old leader, backed by Eritrean troops’s fighters from Ethiopia’s Amhara region, declared victory in late November when the army entered the regional capital of Mecca.
However, the fighting is still going on amid reports of massacres, rapes and widespread famine.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says all parties to the conflict have been accused of abuse, but eyewitnesses have blamed Ethiopia, Eritrea forces for starvation, mass deportations and more.
The United States and the United States have said they have begun restricting visas for Ethiopian Eritrean military officials perceived as trying to resolve hostilities. disruptive.
The United States claimed earlier this year that: ethnic cleansing takes place in western Tigray.
In comments immediately after the February meeting, Hawiston warned that the Tigris crisis seemed to be spiraling out of control.
Haavisto’s words appeared as Ethiopia is going to vote In Monday’s general election, Abi was the first decisive test of the election as he sought to centralize power under his Prosperous Party.
Abi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize a year after taking dramatic political reforms, leaving aside the Tigray leaders who had dominated the Ethiopian government for years in coalition with other ethnic minority parties.
Although elected nationwide, voting on Monday will not take place in nearly one-fifth of the country’s 547 constituencies, including all 38 of Tigray’s 64 other locations in the country of 110 million people.
Most of the delayed voting is scheduled for September 6, but no date has been set for Tigray, where more than five million people are in urgent need of emergency food assistance.