UN Security Council fails to agree statement calling for ceasefire in Ethiopia

The 15 members of the United Nations Security Council failed to agree on the adoption of a declaration calling for a ceasefire in Tigray, Ethiopia, and expressing concern over the ‘alleged arrests based on ethnic identity.

The draft text submitted by Ireland, a non-permanent member of the Council, was rejected by China and Russia and was “abandoned” on Friday evening, a diplomatic source said.

Several other diplomatic sources said “there was no deal” and some believed the project had been rushed.

The Russian diplomatic mission acknowledged the existence of a dispute over the text, while it was not possible to obtain an immediate comment from the Chinese mission.

According to the draft text obtained by AFP, the Council called for “unhindered humanitarian access, an end to hostilities and the launch of a comprehensive national dialogue” in Ethiopia.

The project highlights the concerns of council members over “reports of large-scale arrests in Ethiopia on the basis of ethnic identity and without due process.” He also denounces “hate speech”.

Ethiopia last week declared a six-month national state of emergency as fears grew that Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) fighters and their allies advanced to the capital, Addis Ababa. .

Several countries have called on their nationals to leave Ethiopia as the conflict between rebels and government forces in the north of the country escalates.

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