EU expresses concern over possible fragmentation of Ethiopia and worsening armed conflict

04 November 2021 17:48 STI

Moscow (Russia), November 4 (ANI / Sputnik): EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has raised concerns about the recent escalation of fighting in Ethiopia, highlighting the risks of further fragmentation of the country and the spread of the armed conflict, and also reiterated its calls for the withdrawal of Eritrean troops.
The conflict in northern Ethiopia has spread over the past year, leading to a humanitarian crisis, undermining national integrity and affecting regional stability, Borrell noted.

“The EU is particularly concerned about the recent escalation of fighting in the Amhara region and the military advances of the TPLF [Tigray People’s Liberation Front] and Oromo Liberation Army, as well as the aerial bombardments of the Ethiopian Air Force of Mekelle, all of which threaten to drag the country further into fragmentation and generalized armed conflict and to worsen the situation of the population ”, Borrell said in a statement.
There can be no military solution to the conflict, continued the European diplomat, calling on all parties involved to “implement a meaningful ceasefire with immediate effect and to engage in political negotiations without preconditions”.
“The EU reiterates its call for the total and immediate withdrawal of Eritrean troops from Ethiopian territory,” Borrell added. (ANI / Sputnik)