France and Germany Call for Justice for Ethiopian War Victims

Foreign ministers of France and Germany demand justice for victims of war in northern Ethiopia

The foreign ministers of France, Catherine Colonna, and Germany, Annalena Baerbock, have called for justice for victims of the war in northern Ethiopia with the aim of guaranteeing harmony in the region. This demand came after the signing of the November peace pact.

Baerbock said through Twitter late yesterday that without justice, lasting peace is impossible. They both lamented that during the conflict, women faced systematic sexual violence and humanitarian workers were targeted.

Colonna and Bailey also met with the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed and the Ethiopian Foreign Minister, Demeke Mekonen, to discuss the country’s reforms, and support the peace process by providing humanitarian aid to people affected by the war.

The war started in November 2020 due to an escalation of tensions in policies, following an attack on a federal military base. The UN had previously denounced a “de facto humanitarian blockade” in Tigray since the start of the war.

However, with the peace agreement, gradual return of humanitarian aid has been seen, as well as restoration of commercial flights, electricity and banking operations. The PFLT also handed heavy weapons to Ethiopia this week.

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