The US authorities have urged Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to end the fighting in his country. Ahmed is now personally at the front fighting rebels, according to Ethiopian media. The US does not support that. “Diplomacy is the first, last and only option,” the US State Department said in a statement.
The 45-year-old Ethiopian prime minister, who was still a Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2019, announced earlier this week that he would personally go to the front to fight with the army there against the rebels of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). That movement is advancing towards the capital Addis Ababa.
“We are aware of reports that Prime Minister Ahmed is at the front today,” a US State Department spokesman said. Reports have also been received at the ministry that well-known Ethiopian athletes, parliamentarians, party leaders and regional leaders are on their way to the front lines. We urge all parties to refrain from incendiary and belligerent rhetoric, use restraint, respect human rights, allow humanitarian access and protect civilians.
Several western countries have called on their citizens to leave Ethiopia because of the fighting in the north of the country. According to independent observers, the Ethiopian army, the TPLF and Eritrean militias are said to have committed heinous crimes.