AUC Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat

AU: Ethiopia Law Enforcement Operation in Tigray Legitimate

ADDIS ABEBA – The government of Ethiopia took a legitimate military action in its Tigray region to preserve the country’s unity and stability, the chairman of the African Union Commission said.

Moussa Faki Mahamat, speaking after the conclusion of a meeting of regional leaders on Sunday evening, said the military campaign in its Tigray province was “legitimate for all states.”

The humanitarian suffering of the conflict is cause for concern, he said.

“It cannot be denied, however, that the crisis in Tigray has provoked large scale displacement … Particular attention should be paid to refugees and displaced people,” he said.

“We encourage IGAD to support Ethiopia in addressing the humanitarian dimensions,” the Chairperson added

He was speaking following a meeting of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development [IGAD], which brought together the leaders of Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti and Sudan, as well as officials from other neighboring countries.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed thanked the regional leaders for “acknowledging our law enforcement measures as legal”.

“I express my deepest gratitude to IGAD leaders for understanding and acknowledging our law enforcement measures as legal and legitimate, as well as for expressing commitment to supporting Ethiopia,” he said.

The federal government launched a law enforcement operation in Tigray following the forces led by former leaders of the region carried out a deadly attack on the federal army bases in the early hours of Nov 4. 2020.