The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, has warned against uncalled foreign interference in the crisis in Tigray.
He was speaking early Wednesday November 25, 2020 following continuous calls from the international community for the crisis to be resolved.
Mr. Abiy said the situation in Tigray is an internal affair and can be handled by Ethiopian Institutions.
He however said when need will arise, the Government could seek foreign assistance.
“The international community should stand by, when the need arises the Government of Ethiopia would seek foreign assistance” he declared.
The Government had given a-72-hour ultimatum to the rebels in Tigray to down their weapons of face the military.
The ultimatum expires late Wednesday November 25, 2020, but the leader of the rebel group in Tigray, Debretsion Gebremichael, has rejected the order indicating that they are ready to challenge the Government.
A consignment of military artillery is stationed in Tigray’s capital, Makelle ready to intervene should the rebels continue to terrorise the area.
The United Nations is worried with the lives of the Tigrayan civilian population (about 500.000) and has called the Government to spare their lives.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed did not hesitate to promise that the operation would respect the rights of the civilian population.
The Ethiopian Human Rights commision has accused a group of youths in Tigray of being responsible for the crisis that has seen over 600 civilians killed.
According to top Ethiopian authorities, the earmarked operation in Tigray is dub a “Law Enforcement Operation” and can best be handled by the Government.