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Risch, Cardin, colleagues re-introduce resolution encouraging peaceful resolution to conflict in Tigray, Ethiopia

Tigrai Online March. 6, 2021

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today were joined by U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.) in re-introducing a bipartisan resolution calling on the government of Ethiopia, the Tigray People's Liberation Front, and other belligerents to cease all hostilities, protect human rights, allow unfettered humanitarian access, and cooperate with independent investigations of credible atrocity allegations pertaining to the conflict in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.

“Ethiopia is a vital U.S. ally in the Horn of Africa and broader region, and Prime Minister Abiy has worked to advance democratic and economic reforms since 2018,” said Risch. “The situation in Tigray is deeply concerning due to the significant human suffering it has caused, but also because it poses the most significant threat to Ethiopia’s fragile transition to democracy to date and has serious implications for the security and stability of the broader region.”

“I am extremely disturbed by the humanitarian crisis and reports of atrocities that have emerged from the conflict in Tigray,” said Cardin. “In order to secure a more stable, peaceful, and prosperous future for Ethiopia and the entire Horn of Africa, the violence must stop, human rights abusers must be held to account, and national reconciliation must begin.”

Read the full text of the resolution here