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(Lusa) – The Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), the Portuguese António Guterres, today called on the various parties involved in the conflict in Ethiopia to seize the “vital opportunity” of mediation, to “peacefully resolve the conflict ”in Tigray.

Mr. Guterres praised “the meeting organized today between [Ethiopian] Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the special envoys of the African Union”, said a statement posted on the website of the office of the spokesperson of the secretary general. of ONU.

The United Nations Secretary-General “urges the parties [involved in this conflict]to seize this vital opportunity to resolve the conflict peacefully,” the note continued.

However, it is also necessary to ensure that “the protection of civilians, human rights and access to humanitarian assistance for the affected areas”, recalls António Guterres.

The international community, including the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the European Union, has expressed deep concern over the conflict and its humanitarian impact, while emphasizing calls for dialogue.

Abiy Ahmed, winner of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, has rejected what he calls “any unwanted and illegal act of interference”, saying his country would handle the conflict on its own.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), more than 43,000 refugees have left the region for Sudan and nearly 100,000 Eritrean refugees in camps in northern Tigray have been exposed to the firing lines.

Independent bodies reported the massacre of at least 600 civilians.

The international community, including UN Secretary-General António Guterres and the European Union, have expressed deep concern over the conflict and its humanitarian impact, while emphasizing calls for dialogue.

Abiy Ahmed, winner of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, has rejected what he calls “any unwanted and illegal act of interference”, saying his country would handle the conflict on its own.

Sudan is one of the poorest countries in the world and has over a million refugees on its territory.

The crisis in Tigray comes at a time when Sudan is going through a difficult transition since the impeachment in April 2019 of former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

Currently led by a transitional government, Sudanese authorities seek to rebuild the country’s economy, hampered by decades of US sanctions, which have isolated Sudan from the international community and barred access to support financial institutions, poor public management and armed conflicts under the leadership of Al-Bashir.

In addition to these factors, Sudan this year has faced severe flooding across much of the country and, like the rest of the world, the covid-19 pandemic, a disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

 

 

 

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