PM tells Inter’l Community to Refrain from Interfering in Ethiopia’s Internal Affairs

ADDIS ABEBA – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has asked the international community to refrain from interfering in Ethiopia’s internal affairs as the federal army prepares to carry out the final phase of the law enforcement operation against forces of Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

“While we consider the concerns and advice of our friends, we reject any interference in our internal affairs,” Abiy said in a statement issued today.

“We therefore respectfully urge the international community to refrain from any unwelcome and unlawful acts of interference and respect the fundamental principles of non-intervention under international law,” he said.

The international community has been mounting pressure on Abiy to review the military operation in the Tigray region with the European Union becoming the latest one to call for the cessation of hostilities.

But Abiy said while undertaking the rule of law enforcement in the Northern part of the country, it is within the framework of a state of emergency.

He also said, “we are undertaking the operation with due care for the protection of the civilian population and to minimize the humanitarian cost of the crises precipitated by the TPLF,” its forces currently fighting the federal army.

‘Acts of treason’

Abiy reiterated that for the past three years, in their efforts to frustrate the democratization process in Ethiopia, the TPLF leadership orchestrated a spate of violent attacks by training, arming and financing criminal elements to target ethnic and religious minorities in different parts of the country.

“In an act of treason, the TPLF leadership launched a brazen attack under cover of darkness, against the Northern command of the Ethiopian National Defense Force,” he continued.

“Using Traitors recruited from within the army, not only did the TPLF leadership cause the massacre of unarmed soldiers in the dead of night, but they also attempted to take possession, illegally of the entire military depot in what they themselves admitted and called a lightning preemptive attack,” he said.

Abiy said to add fuel to the fire, the group went ahead and brutally massacred over 600 civilians in the town of Maikadra.

The PM said the rule of law operations carried out by his administration since the day his troops were attacked therefore constitute acts intended to defend and preserve the sovereignty and integrity of Ethiopia.

This will also restore law and order throughout its territory and bring the perpetrators of the criminal acts to justice, he said.

Abiy said maintaining the integrity of Ethiopia’s political and constitutional order compels them to take robust law enforcement measures against the clique of renegades within TPLF.

He said, as a sovereign state, Ethiopia has every right to uphold and enforce its laws within its own territory.