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Ethiopia’s opposition party TPLF welcomes US sanctions

The previous day, the United States had described the conflict as “one of the worst (…) human rights crises in the world.” A White House official says US President Joe Biden has approved new sanctions to bring conflicting parties to the negotiating table. One is willing to take “aggressive measures” if progress is not made soon.

In response, Abi accused the United States of “double standards.” The threatened sanctions put “unreasonable pressure” on his government and ignored the humanitarian crisis in the whole of Ethiopia, Abi said in an open letter to Biden. The DPLF provoked a racially motivated conflict against the democratically elected government. He called for US support against “DPLF human rights abuses”.

The background to the conflict in the Northeast African country is the perennial tensions between the TPLF and the central government. The TPLF dominated Ethiopia for a good 25 years, until Prime Minister Abi came to power in 2018 and removed it. Many in Tigray feel that they are not represented by the central government and are demanding more autonomy.

According to the UN, the humanitarian situation in Tigris has deteriorated rapidly in recent weeks. The Ethiopian government launched a military offensive against the TPLF in November. Millions of people have been displaced by this conflict.