Rosemary DiCarlo on the situation in Tigray, Ethiopia – Security Council Stakeout (2 July 2021)

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  • United Nations published this video item, entitled “Rosemary DiCarlo on the situation in Tigray, Ethiopia – Security Council Stakeout (2 July 2021)” – below is their description.

    Rosemary A. DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, delivers brief remarks on the situation in Tigray, Ethiopia.

    Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo told the Security Council that Ethiopia is at a critical juncture, “the ceasefire announcement provides an opportunity that all parties to the conflict, including the TPLF, must seize and build upon.” She urged “the TDF to endorse the ceasefire immediately and completely.”

    Speaking to the Security Council today (02 Jul) in New York, DiCarlo reiterated “The international community must continue to call for a permanent ceasefire to be honored by all parties.”

    The Under-Secretary-General said, “We should urge Ethiopia’s leaders to work swiftly to restore national unity through a process of inclusive dialogue and reconciliation,” adding that “the Government’s recent indication of its intent to do so is positive.”

    DiCarlo also said, “All parties must ensure the safe passage of humanitarian workers for the continued delivery of supplies. The destruction of the Tekeze bridge on 1 July effectively cut off Central Tigray from Western Tigray, closing a vital artery for humanitarian assistance.”

    She continued, “A ceasefire observed by all parties would not only facilitate the provision of humanitarian aid but would also be a starting point for the necessary political efforts to chart a way out of the crisis.”

    DiCarlo reiterated, “The conflict in Tigray is a result of deep-rooted political grievances that can only be resolved through dialogue and a credible political process.”

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