European Union joins the United States’ call for the withdrawal of Eritrean troops from Ethiopia

Source: European Union

Ethiopia: Joint-Statement by High-Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell, Commissioner Jutta Urpilainen and Commissioner Janez Lenarčič

Brussels, 08/02/2021 – 11:48, UNIQUE ID: 210208_5
Joint Statements

The EU remains very concerned by the tragic humanitarian crisis unfolding in Tigray and its regional implications. Three months into the conflict, despite small openings, the limitations to humanitarian access to Tigray continue to prevent the provision of humanitarian assistance to address the immensity of needs, avert the risk of famine and prevent further loss of life. Central and Western Tigray remain largely out of reach and two Eritrean refugee camps remain completely inaccessible.

Humanitarian access needs to be guaranteed and humanitarian assistance allowed to reach all affected areas and people in Tigray, and border areas of Afar and Amhara regions, in line with the humanitarian principles of impartiality, humanity, neutrality and independence.

The EU is also increasingly concerned for the protection of civilians and refugees in Ethiopia, with reports of casualties and serious human rights, international refugee law and international humanitarian law violations. Effective protection of refugees from harm in accordance with international refugee, human rights and humanitarian law, including preventing any act of refoulement or coerced return targeting Eritrean refugees needs to be ensured.

The EU joins the United States’ call for the withdrawal of Eritrean troops from Ethiopia, which are fuelling the conflict in Tigray, reportedly committing atrocities, and exacerbating ethnic violence.

The EU expresses its support to the work of the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission and encourages it to continue its investigations on allegations of violations and abuses of human rights and violations of international law. We hope that the Government of Ethiopia will endorse its recommendations, and fully implement the independent investigations and judicial proceedings announced to ensure full accountability for violations and abuses committed. Access of international media to Tigray must be authorised and local journalists must be protected.


  1. The situation in Tigray is horrible where Eritrean forces are killing, raping and looting Tigrean households and blocking humanitarian workers from accessing Tigray.

    The Ethioian Prime Monster Abiy Ahmed is behind the hidden genocide plan and wont allow humanitarian access and will not also agree the withdrawal of Eritrean forces from Tigray.
    Following the call from USA Eritrean troops are now wearing Ethiopian uniform and are still in Tigray looting, killing, raping and blocking any humanitarian and any movement within Tigray.

    Ordering and taking solid measures to force Prime Monster Abiy Ahmed may force the Eritrean dictator to fully withdraw its forces from Tigrean territories that will also enable opening of the corridor to humanitarian works.

    Thank you European Union for being at the forefront in the fight against Tigrean genocide by the evil Amhara fano militia and Isayas army.

  2. The only people that is applauding the sufferings of the Tigrians seems to be many of the elite Amharas, mainly the diaspora. We who are not Ethiopians are concerned and astonished by this cruel behavior of some Ethiopians of Amhara origin. I never thought this is the way Ethiopians behave or are they really original Ethiopians. How can the Amharas sell their Abesynian identity for the sake of wrong perception of taking power from the Tigrians. The Tigrians did care a less on who is in power as long as they are treated fairly, but now they have learnt through a hard experience, they do not belong to the same people as the Amharas. This will never be repaired in a normal world.

    1. Do you know that the Amhara elite you thought were better
      • Usurped the educational chances bestowed by the western countries to all Ethiopians.
      • That this very beneficial chance was going on for them and for them only for over two hundred years.
      • That this western provided heavenly chance was used as was intended by its donors for the first time during the reign of EPRDF – the dawn of the EQUALITY FOR EDUCATION.
      Here, in Somali-Ethiopia region those schooled during the EPRDF era are now the helms-men leading the few institutions and gov’t ministries that exist and are attributed for all the step forward we gained so far.
      • That one of the main reasons they are waging this on going unjust war and related #genocide is to reverse this shared educational opportunity.
      • That they have been propagating for very long time a false narrative based on AMARA IS ETHIOPIA AND ETHIOPIA IS AMARA!
      For more on this read here.

      • That they have succeeded 100% in brain washing their own common people. All Amara – regardless of gender or age – believe that they are the SUPERIOR RACE of all.

      The mentality of all Amara is explained very well by the following great man’s quote.

      “The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie–deliberate, contrived and dishonest–but the myth–persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the clichés of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” – John F. Kennedy (Commencement address, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, June 11, 1962) .”

      I think all Amara got some thing with their head and need physiatrist help.

  3. There were many years of ‘no war, no peace’. Now with Abiy Ahmed a peace process Eritrea/Ethiopia started. After 27 years of controling Ethiopia TPLF is sabotaging this peace process. The border settlement of the Hague between Eth/Eri was not accepted and impemented by Ethiopia – now as things change they [TPLF]want to sabotage progress towards peace. Europeans interrupt development cooperation and support for Ethiopia – so there will be no stabilization of the horn of Africa. More young people will flee from the region. This will harm the countries concerned, this will prevent development. Abiy Ahmed symbolized hope for Africa. Martin Plaut will not help with his tweets. The solution must come within. All Ethiopian parties must come to one table for elections in peace.
    Ethiopian parties must come to one table for a peaceful election.

    1. Dear Azeb
      Peace can’t be achieved because two criminal murderers ( Abiy and Isayas) made alliances to forge war against Tigrai and comet war crimes. Weak up and learn what peace is and how it is achieved.

    2. “sabotaging this peace process” you must be joking or other wise got some thing with you head .
      The pease process whose main agenda and only agenda was how to eradicate #tigrepeople from the fase of the earth!!!!

      You must be nuts!

      A somli-ethiopian

    3. Azeb Schlicht,
      Ethiopia was far better off under TPLF than it ever was under any “rule” and you know it. Under the TPLF, the economy was growing at a double-digit rate, health services were widely available, there was no racial strife at the scale we see today, Ethiopia was at its best on the world stage, and I can go on and on. What does Ethiopia have to show under Abiy? Misery, racial strife, widespread killings, mass dislocation, and of course a couple of Abiy’s vanity projects.

  4. There is no any excuses for not letting The international Humanitarian Organization to have access and reach the most needy people in Tigray who are on the verge of death by the Conspiracy of Aby Ahmed and Issayas Afwerki. There is no any excuse not to allow access and urgent help for the Eritrean Refugees in Tigray who are terrorizing and kidnapping by the Eritrean forces.
    In order to hide and commit heinous atrocities and to leave the international community in dark, disconnecting internet, and electricity, barring journalists and medias from witnessing the real situation is an International law violation. Before it is too late the world must act now.
    The Eritrean invading army the most catalyst for the horror of the Tigrean people and The Eritrean Refugees must leave Tigray without any precondition before lives are perished.

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