The Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Nobel Peace Prize in 2019, has announced that it has ordered the Armed Forces to start the “final” phase of the offensive against the forces of Popular Front for the Liberation of Tigray (FPLT) in the capital of the homonymous northern province, Mekelle, while at the same time local population a walk away of the military targets.
“The final period of 72 hours granted to the criminal FPLT to surrender peacefully has now ended and the campaign of our security forces has reached its final phase,” said the Ethiopian prime minister, in a statement posted on his account. Twitter.
Abiy has assured that “thousands of militiamen and members of the special forces of Tigray have surrendered after the 72-hour ultimatum” and has stressed that the operation will target the militiamen who have not laid down their arms.
In this regard, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia has summoned the civilians from Mekele, the capital of Tigray, to “lay down your arms, stay indoors and stay away from military targets” of the Tigray.
Abiy has stressed that Ethiopian National Defense Forces they will act “with great care” in this “final” phase of the operation in Tigray to “prevent harm to civilians.” “Every effort will be made to ensure that the city of Mekelle, which was built with the hard work of our people, does not suffer serious damage. Every precaution will be taken so that heritage sites, places of worship, public facilities , development institutions and residential areas are not targeted, “he assured.
The military operation in the Tigray region It began on November 4 after the FPLT forces attacked the northern command of the Ethiopian Army. The Ethiopian Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2019 has given the order to initiate the final phase of the operation against the forces of the PFLT in the capital of Tigray despite international calls for dialogue and the efforts of the African Union. to try to mediate between the opposing parties.
The general secretary from ONU, Antonio Guterres, on Tuesday expressed its “deep concern” about the situation in Tigray and asked the parties to protect the civilian population, given the announcement by the Ethiopian government of an imminent assault on Mekelle, the regional capital.
Through his spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric, Guterres expressed the UN’s support for the initiative of the incumbent president of the AU, South African Cyril Ramaphosa, “to facilitate peaceful solutions” and urged the parties to “seize this opportunity to de-escalate the tensions “.
For his part, the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, met on Tuesday in Brussels with Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen.
In a statement, Borrell asked on behalf of the EU that “all parties establish the conditions that facilitate unrestricted access to people in need, the cessation of hostilities, non-interference from any external party and freedom of the press.”