U.S. calls on African Union to help resolve crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray

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U.S. calls on African Union to help resolve crisis in Ethiopia's Tigray

Secretary Blinken said the U.S. is concerned about reports of atrocities in the area

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on Sunday called on the African Union and other international partners to help address the deepening crisis in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia.

Blinken’s statement signaled growing frustration with the response of Ethiopia and neighboring Eritrea to the “worsening humanitarian crisis,” as the head of U.S. diplomacy characterized it.

Blinken’s statement came a day after Amnesty International’s report, in which the human rights organization accused Eritrean forces of killing hundreds of civilians in Tigray overnight last year.

Eritrea has denied the allegations.

“The United States is gravely concerned about reports of atrocities and a general deterioration in the Tigray region of Ethiopia,” Blinken said. – “We are asking international partners, especially the African Union, and regional partners to work with us to resolve the Tigray crisis, including through action at the United Nations and other relevant bodies.

Ethiopia’s Foreign Ministry on Sunday called the U.S. statements “deplorable.”

“It should be clear that such issues are the sole responsibility of the Ethiopian government, which, as a sovereign state, is responsible for deploying the necessary security structures and facilities to ensure the rule of law within all corners of its borders,” the ministry said in a statement posted on Facebook.

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