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America threatens Ethiopia: We will not stand idly by in the face of Tigray atrocities

America threatens Ethiopia: We will not stand idly by in the face of Tigray atrocities

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A senior US State Department official warned Tuesday that Ethiopia and Eritrea should expect further action from the United States if declaring a cessation of hostilities does not improve the situation in the Tigray region.

Robert Godick, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Office of African Affairs at the US State Department, told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that Washington welcomes the Ethiopian government’s decision to announce a temporary end to hostilities, Reuters reported.

But he warned at the same time that the United States would be watching closely to determine whether the cease-fire would lead to changes on the ground, saying: “We will not stand idly by in the face of the atrocities in Tigray.”

He also urged the Eritrean government to comply immediately with the cessation of hostilities and called for a permanent ceasefire in the region.

Rep. Karen Bass, who chairs the State Department’s Africa subcommittee, said: “Every effort must be made to make this ceasefire meaningful, including discussions with all parties to the conflict.”

The Tigray Liberation Front, the former ruling party of the province, announced on Monday that it had regained control of the provincial capital, Mekele, after nearly eight months of fighting, while the central government that ousted it announced an immediate unilateral ceasefire.

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