The United States, Germany, France and other G7 countries on Friday called for the unconditional withdrawal of Eritrean troops.
Eritrean forces have begun withdrawing from the Tigris region of northern Ethiopia after fighting on behalf of the government in the fight against fugitive leaders from the region from the Tigra People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
The United States, Germany, France and other G7 countries on Friday called for a speedy, unconditional and verifiable withdrawal of Eritrean troops, followed by a political process that is acceptable to all Ethiopians.
The statement also called for “the establishment of a clear, inclusive political process that is acceptable to all Ethiopians, including Tigris, and that leads to credible elections and a greater national reconciliation process.”
The Ethiopian Foreign Ministry announced the withdrawal, but in a review released late Saturday night, it said the G-Foreign Minister’s statement did not acknowledge that significant steps had been taken to meet the region’s needs.
The statement said, “Eritrean troops who were provoked by the TPLF to cross the border have now begun to evacuate and the Ethiopian National Defense Forces have taken over the responsibility of maintaining the national border.”
Last month, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abi Ahmed Admission for the first time Troops entered the Tigris from Eritrea during the conflict.
The admission came after months of rejections from Ethiopia and Eritrea, even after credible allegations from rights groups and residents that Eritrean troops carried out genocide in Tigris.
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. Some people in the Tigers have insisted that the Eritreans are not leaving at all. Leaders in the region have complained that the Eritrean army sometimes wears Ethiopian military uniforms.
The Ethiopian government came under intense pressure when Prime Minister Sheikh, who began in November last year, deployed troops after an attack on federal military facilities in the region.
Fugitive leaders in the region do not recognize Abiya’s authority after last year’s national election was postponed due to the coronavirus epidemic.
There are growing reports of atrocities, including genocide and rape in the war, and there are growing concerns about the lack of food and medical care in Tigris, home to more than 600,000 of Ethiopia’s more than 110 million people.
While the U.S. has identified some objections to the Tigers as “ethnic cleansing,” the allegations, which have been dismissed by Ethiopian authorities, have proved unfounded.
Officials in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, did not cite the death toll.
Last week, the United Nations and an Ethiopian rights group announced they had agreed to a joint investigation into the abuse in Tigra, where fighting continues with TPLF loyal fighters, the party that dominated national politics for decades before its rise. Abir.