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Embassies of G 7 member countries based in Addis Ababa Ethiopia express “concern” over renewed conflict in the North

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Toronto – Embassies of G 7 member countries based in Addis Ababa Ethiopia on Saturday released a joint-statement in connection with the development in Northern Ethiopia. 

Infographic brief statement shared on the social media page of Canadian embassy in Ethiopia partly reads : 

“The Embassies of Canada ,France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom  and United States in Addis Ababa are concerned by reports of violence in ‘contested’areas of Northern Ethiopia.” 

While noting the importance of the return of displaced people to their places, the statement said that  “inclusive dialogue” among all stakeholders is the only way to resolve what it called “complex” political and security issues in the interest of lasting peace.

The statement also urged “de-escalation” and the return of displaced people from the area. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Friday released an update in connection with renewed conflict in the Alamata area saying over 29,000 people are displaced following the violence this week. 

Those displaced are in Kobo and Wolida towns but no emergency humanitarian aid was delivered. They took shelter in open areas according to OCHA. It was local community members who contributed to provide those most vulnerable with food and drinking water. 

Renewed conflict in Raya and Alamata areas claimed at least three lives and wounded several others after the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) deployed its armed forces to Alamata, in Raya, – areas that Ethiopian government and G7 member countries call “contested areas.” 

The TPLF, in a statement it released this week through Tadesse Worede, said its control of the area is in accordance with the arrangement with the Federal government of Ethiopia. On the other hand, deputy chairperson of the ruling Prosperity Party, Adem Farah, on Friday said “activities” that hinder peaceful and democratic resolution of the problem in the area ““violates the Pretoria agreement, causing social unrest in Tigray region or neighboring Afar and Amhara regions.” 

The statement from the embassies of G7 countries highlighted the importance of “progress towards disarmament, demobilization and reintegration.”  Last month, Getachew Reda, Tigray Region Interim President, announced that there are 270,000 armed combatants in the region – and apparently they are under command of “Tigray Defense Force” an entity that was created after the TPLF forces attacked the Northern Command Post in November 2020 – an incident that is said to have triggered the two years devastating war between Abiy Ahmed led Federal gov’t and the TPLF.

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