UN Security Council to meet on Ethiopia’s Tigray crisis
Published: 11:54 AM, 15 April 2021
United Nations Security Council meeting; Photo: Collected
The United Nations Security Council is set to meet today to discuss the crisis in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region.
The 15 Security Council members on Thursday will hear from UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock, who will talk about the continued difficulties in getting aid to refugees, according to the UN.
In early March, Lowcock called for Eritrea to withdraw its troops from Tigray, first recognition by a UN official of Eritrea’s involvement in the fighting there.
UN officials in Geneva have accused the “Eritrean army of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in Tigray”, however, Asmara rejects the accusations.
Thursday’s meeting will be a closed-door session similar to the March 4 meeting on Tigray.
Ethiopia is a longstanding US ally, but Washington has been increasingly alarmed since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched a military offensive in Tigray in November.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has spoken of “ethnic cleansing” in Tigray, where Eritrean troops also intervened to fight the local ruling party.