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Tigrai government says committed to further withdraw its forces from Afar territory if some conditions are fulfilled

Tigrai Online April 20, 2022

The Government of Tigray is committed to a peaceful resolution of the current conflict. Our forces’ presence in Afar has essentially been about neutralizing a clear and present security threat and in principle we are committed to further withdrawal of Tigray forces from Afar territory as long as some conditions are fulfilled.

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First, there must be secure corridors for the delivery of vital humanitarian aid to the people of Tigray. Second, there must be system in place to facilitate the provision of sustained, unfettered, timely & adequate humanitarian assistance. The issue of humanitarian aid delivery should not be reduced to whether or not some trucks arrive in Tigray on a particular day. Rather, the issue is whether or not there is a system in place to facilitate regular, sufficient and unfettered aid flow into Tigray.

The delivery of aid into Tigray should not be treated as an act of charity to be turned on and off according to Ethiopian authorities’ whims. Third, the abhorrent blockade of Tigray must be lifted, and essential socioeconomic services restored. Finally, the implementation of these conditions must be verified by an impartial international entity, such as the United Nations, in consultation with the relevant stakeholders.



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