Blinken warns war-torn Ethiopia is on ‘path to destruction,’  calls on Abiy to step up to end conflict

Blinken warns war-torn Ethiopia is on ‘path to destruction,’  calls on Abiy to step up to end conflict.

CNN | November 20, 2021

 

Abuja, Nigeria (CNN) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned Friday that the war in Tigray has put Ethiopia on a “path to destruction” that could reverberate throughout east Africa, telling CNN that the country’s leader, Abiy Ahmed, must fulfill “his responsibility” and end violence in the region.

Speaking to CNN in Abuja, Nigeria on the sidelines of his tour through Africa, Blinken said “it is imperative that the fighting stops, and the talking starts” and reiterated his call for a long-term ceasefire to enable humanitarian assistance.

“This has to happen as soon as possible — with every passing day, what we’re seeing is an increase in communal tensions that really risk ripping the country apart and spilling into other countries in the region,” he said.

Blinken urged Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to bring the warring sides together and work to “end the violence,” adding: “That’s his responsibility as the leader of the country.”

“There’s no military solution to the challenges in Ethiopia,” he said. “That’s a path to destruction for the country, and misery for the people of Ethiopia who deserve a lot better.”

The Biden administration last week sanctioned Eritrea’s military and its sole political party for their involvement in the ongoing crisis in northern Ethiopia, with Blinken expressing concern about “the potential for Ethiopia to implode.” But the measures did not target any individuals or organizations directly associated with the Ethiopian government nor the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the former ruling party of Tigray, the two main parties to the conflict.

In November 2020, Abiy ordered a military offensive in Tigray to oust the TPLF. The fighting has left thousands dead, displaced more than 2 million people, and given rise to a wave of atrocities that bear the hallmarks of genocide.

A joint report released by the Office of UN Commissioner for Human Rights and the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission earlier this month found that all parties involved in the conflict had “committed violations of international human rights, humanitarian and refugee law, some of which may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.”

2 Comments

  1. The overriding imperative for the United States Government in the Horn of Africa, we are told, is peace & stability! Fair enough! The Oromo People and the people of Tigray desperately want peace and stability too, in their homes, which is to say in their “region,” i.e, the Horn of Africa! Why? Because they have been victims of every major and minor chaos and disaster in the region, more than any other group of people in the Horn of Africa, bar, perhaps, the Somalis since the formation of the State of Ethiopia! As the World fully knows by now, they are bearing the brunt of an ethno-racist war declared upon them by an Amhara elitist State of Ethiopia right this minute!

    The Policy architects of the United States for this region know full well that the Oromo Liberation Army and the Tigray Defense Forces are not the cause of the current chaos.The Ethiopian ethno-racist Amhara elite State is! Not only the current conflict, but the Ethiopian State has been the cause of ALL past major crisses; wars and famines, in the Horn of Africa since its formation via conquest of the Southern Peoples in the 1880s! If the United States desires to usher in a lasting Peace and stability in the region, a good place to start is not by weakening the two significant forces which can serve as ANCHORS towards achieving this goal. To the contrary, the Policy makers should think outside the confines of the existing concepts of “State Sovereignty” as it is understood today, and work with these TWO FORCES which have captured the hearts and minds of their people! It is, and it will prove counterproductive, to try and prop up the Ethiopian State which has proved to be irredeemable like ALL Empires before it, because the interests of the Amhara elite and their cronies who are running it is in direct contravention to the interests of the people of Oromia, Tigray, Sidama, Gumuz, and all the other colonized peoples who have never ever had a say in how and by whom their affairs should be run, within the Ethiopian State, OR as Free nations outside it!

    The United States needs to be a voice for justice first and foremost in this region. That is the way into the hearts and minds of the Oromo, and the people of Tigray, without whose SUPPORT and complete partnership, PEACE and STABILITY in the region will remain an illusion! A good place to start is to make it clear to the Russians, the Turkish State, the UAE, and the Iranians, that the US will not remain a neutral observer of their malicious and bloody profiteering from the misery of millions of people in the Horn of Africa by exploiting the current conflict! That will definitely gain the attention of the Oromo people, the people of Tigray AND their respective organizations and align their interests with the interest of the United States! Barring this approach, one thing is clear: the Oromo people and the People of Tigray will CONTINUE to fight to the bitter end, to redeem their Humanity, Dignity, Freedom, and Sovereignty with or without the assistance or intervention of any and all outside powers! That will only prolong the instability and chaos the United States is hoping to contain in this region!

    Am I hoping for too much? Perhaps! But sharing our ideas with those who are open to consider a different approach does not cost us a penny! LOL

  2. Well argued Aba Solan! Let’s hope Mr Morales communicates your message to the Democrats in the White House! They have a lot to prove to the American people if they want to win the next election! TO counter the current criticism leveled against the Biden/Harris Administration that it is appeasing Dictators from the likes of Xi Jin Ping to the Ayatollahs, with the itsy-bitsy but deadly Dictator twins of Abiy and Afwerki, running wild in the Horn of Africa, the Foreign Policy ‘experts’ of the Administration may have to begin acting quickly to truly defend the interests of the United States around the World!

    The fortuitous part for our people is that the National Interest of the United States in the Horn of Africa is IDENTICAL with the interests of the Oromo people and the People of Tigray, if the current Administration can act with vision and courage!

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