ADDIS ABABA – The U.N. Security Council broke its silence Thursday to call for scaled-up humanitarian access and restoration of normalcy in Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigry.
In a statement late Thursday, Council President Vietnam’s Dinh Quy Dang said the Security Council noted with concern the humanitarian situation in the region.
Dang said its members also acknowledged the efforts by the Government of Ethiopia to provide humanitarian assistance and to provide increased humanitarian access.
Nevertheless, he said members of the Council recognized that humanitarian challenges remain.
“They called for a scaled-up humanitarian response and unfettered humanitarian access to all people in need, including in the context of the food security situation,” he said.
The council noted that “insecurity in Tigray constitutes an impediment to the ongoing humanitarian operations and called for a restoration of normalcy”, Dang said.
Members have also expressed their “deep concern about allegations of human rights violations and abuses” in the region and called for investigations to find those responsible and bring them to justice.
The Security Council welcomed the joint investigation by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission into alleged human rights violations and abuses.
Its members also reiterated their strong support for regional and subregional efforts and underscored the importance of their continued engagement, said the Dang, reaffirming the Security Council’s “strong commitment to the sovereignty, political independence, territorial integrity and unity of Ethiopia”.