He says there is no military solution to this conflict
The US State Department called on “Eritrea and others to stop fueling” the conflict in Ethiopia and urged Eritrea to withdraw its forces from Ethiopia’s borders. The department accused Eritrea of increasing tensions across the Horn of Africa region.
The United States also called on “the Ethiopian government and Tigray regional authorities to immediately cease their military offensives and seek a negotiated settlement through peace talks under the auspices of the African Union.”
During a press briefing on September 15, 2022, Ned Price, spokesperson for the US State Department, said Ethiopia should seek a non-military solution to the conflict.
“We are increasingly concerned about the increasing military activity in northern Ethiopia. We strongly condemn the resumption of hostilities. There is no military solution to this conflict. These actions are inconsistent with the declared willingness of the Ethiopian government and Tigray regional authorities to enter into talks,” Price said.
US special envoy to the Horn of Africa Mike Hammer, who is in Ethiopia this week and canceled his scheduled press briefing on Friday, is also taking a similar stance to ensure a peaceful resolution to the third wave of war that has picked up in Ethiopia. on August 24, 2022.
The special envoy is said to be making efforts to bring the warring parties to the table, while Olusegun Obasanjo, the AU’s designated official to broker peace in Ethiopia, has remained silent since the outbreak of the third wave of war.
The envoy completes two weeks in the Horn region.
“He remained actively engaged with the Ethiopian government, with regional authorities in Tigray, with the African Union and with international partners to seek to advance a major effort to bring peace. He met on 12 September with the High Representative from AU, Obasanjo,” Price said.
On September 16, 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa also said Hammer held productive meetings with Ethiopian government officials, civil society representatives, the African Union, and international partners.
Moussa Faki, the AUC chairman, who extended Obasanjo’s term on September 10, 2022 to continue engaging with warring parties in Ethiopia, also met with Hammer the next day. On the other hand, the UN Security Council, which was to discuss the situation in Ethiopia, has been postponed.
The five-month ceasefire and humanitarian assistance in Tigray was shattered when the third wave of war broke out on August 24, 2022. The ongoing AU-led peace initiative is in a deadlock, which the special envoy is trying to reactivate.
The Tigray regional government, which refuted the peace negotiations led by the AU before the last war, also issued a statement on September 11, 2022, agreeing to negotiate under the aegis of the AU.
Still, reaching a ceasefire deal and resuming peace talks remains far-fetched, deepening the humanitarian crisis as Eritrean forces would be drawn into the war and regionalizing the conflict.
“These actions aggravate the humanitarian situation at a time of severe drought and food insecurity,” Price said.
He called on the Ethiopian government, the Tigrayan authorities and all parties to allow the unimpeded delivery of humanitarian aid.
“Humanitarian aid should not be used for military purposes, it should be used to save lives. And we urge the parties to stop fighting and begin talks under the auspices of the AU as soon as possible. Peace must have a chance. Too many people have died and too many others are suffering,” he added.