Ethiopian Abiy has a special duty to end the Tigray conflict:


The Norwegian Nobel Committee issued a rare warning to 2019 peace prize laureate Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Thursday about the war and humanitarian crisis in his country’s Tigray region. The committee stressed that Ahmed has a special responsibility to ensure peace in the country.

“As Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Abiy Ahmed has a special responsibility to end conflict and contribute to peace,” the Oslo-based committee, which awards the Nobel Prize, said in a statement. Peace.

Abiy won the award, in part, for making peace with neighboring Eritrea after one of Africa’s longest conflicts.

The committee said that “it must be emphasized that the award to Abiy Ahmed was awarded on the basis of his efforts and the justifiable expectations that existed in 2019”, adding that “the historical context included an authoritarian system of government and widespread ethnic conflicts”.

In November 2020, Abiy’s government allowed Eritrean forces to enter Tigray as they jointly pursued Tigray’s rulers after political tensions erupted into war. Tens of thousands of people have been killed and hundreds of thousands now face starvation as the Ethiopian government has withheld nearly all food and medical aid from Tigray since late June.

“Since the fall of 2020, developments in Ethiopia have escalated into a comprehensive armed conflict,” the statement said. “The humanitarian situation is very serious, and it is not acceptable that humanitarian aid is not emerging to a sufficient degree.”

The conflict entered a new phase in late December when Tigray forces retreated to their area amid a new military offensive and Ethiopian forces said they would no longer advance there.

The committee also said its deliberations were confidential. “Furthermore, it is not our role to provide ongoing commentary on Ethiopian developments or to assess the position of a peace prize winner after the prize has been received.”


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