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U.S. president Joe Biden statement on the Situation in Ethiopia

Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on the Executive Order Regarding the Crisis in Ethiopia

White House _ Statement on Ethiopia
The White House

White House
SEPTEMBER 17, 2021

The ongoing conflict in northern Ethiopia is a tragedy causing immense human suffering and threatens the unity of the Ethiopian state.  Nearly one million people are living in famine-like conditions, and millions more face acute food insecurity as a direct consequence of the violence.  Humanitarian workers have been blocked, harassed, and killed.  I am appalled by the reports of mass murder, rape, and other sexual violence to terrorize civilian populations. 

The United States is determined to push for a peaceful resolution of this conflict, and we will provide full support to those leading mediation efforts, including the African Union High Representative for the Horn of Africa Olusegun Obasanjo.  We fully agree with United Nations and African Union leaders: there is no military solution to this crisis.

I join leaders from across Africa and around the world in urging the parties to the conflict to halt their military campaigns respect human rights, allow unhindered humanitarian access, and come to the negotiating table without preconditions.  Eritrean forces must withdraw from Ethiopia. A different path is possible but leaders must make the choice to pursue it.

My Administration will continue to press for a negotiated ceasefire, an end to abuses of innocent civilians, and humanitarian access to those in need.  The Executive Order I signed today establishes a new sanctions regime that will allow us to target those responsible for, or complicit in, prolonging the conflict in Ethiopia, obstructing humanitarian access, or preventing a ceasefire.  It provides the Department of the Treasury with the necessary authority to hold accountable those in the Government of Ethiopia, Government of Eritrea, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, and Amhara regional government, among others, that continue to pursue conflict over negotiations to the detriment of the Ethiopian people.

The United States remains committed to supporting the people of Ethiopia and to strengthening the historic ties between our countries.

These sanctions are not directed at the people of Ethiopia or Eritrea, but rather the individuals and entities perpetrating the violence and driving a humanitarian disaster. We provide Ethiopia with more humanitarian and development assistance than does any other country benefitting all of its regions. We will continue to work with our partners to address basic needs of at-risk populations in Ethiopia and the greater Horn of Africa.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. It’s a typical sword of words for the nation of Ethiopia, to the people of Ethiopia and a recognition, authentication speech, as well as a supportive speech by president Joe Biden to terrorist TPLF (Tigray people liberation front) and their crimes, pretty much covering-up the crimes of TPLF (TIgray Liberation Front’s) terrorism on the people of Ethiopia.
    It’s heinous and deplorable to listen to the leader of “a Free World?” President Joe Biden in such incomprehensible ways. He spoke of the tragedy caused immense human sufferings, humanitarian workers being blocked, harassed and killed, civilians mass murder, rape and other sexual violence to terrorize civilian population, he went on with the whole yards of crimes, but president Joe Biden deliberately never mentioned who committed those crimes that he spoke of, even though president Joe Biden very well knows these crimes are being committed to this day by TPLF ( Tigray people liberation front), that’s because he doesn’t want the world to know these crimes are being committed by TPLF (Tigray people liberation front) and deliberately leaving the international community confused, unsure, with uncertainty and to discredit a very popular widely liked Ethiopian government lead by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
    president Joe Biden, it’s time to listen but not talk and to the best interest of the American people and the world at large, for you to not act like you’re the Roman Empire and tell other countries how to live their lives, manage and administrator their countries. Stop killing people, societies, destroying countries around the world, so far as the history of you and your predecessors has been as such.
    TAKE YOUR HANDS OFF ETHIOPIA.
    ኢትዮጵያ: ታበጵሕ: ዕደዊሃ: ሐበ: እግዚአብሔር::

  2. President Joe Biden needs to throw his ego into the mighty Potomac River and think straight as a president, as the American people has elected him to administer their country, but not meddling in other countries internal affairs, acting like a Roman Empire and as a law enforcement agent to the world.

  3. Fifty two words!!! by “AN ETHIOPIAN”
    Fantastic!!!
    Perfect commentary !
    And a typical example of Ethiopian civility (CHEWANET) against — may I dare say — seemingly typical of the honourable cowboy characteristic.
    May Ethiopia remain INTACT as Ethiopia for ever.
    It can be done, it has been been done, for seemingly time immemorial.
    Why not NOT NOW?

    Amen

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