The Government of the National State of Tigray unequivocally denounces all atrocities perpetrated against civilians, calls for UN-mandated independent investigation into all alleged crimes on civilians in the Amhara regions and firmly repudiates unfounded allegations published by The Telegraph.
During his first state visit to Mekelle, the capital of Tigray, Abiy Ahmed said: “Ethiopia without Tigray is as meaningless as a car without an engine.” On many occasions, Abiy Ahmed didn’t hide his admiration for the people of Tigray and their role in building the Ethiopia he inherited.
The Tigray government expects the Abiy regime to take the preconditions for ceasefire seriously. In the absence of a political solution to the crisis, the government of Tigray would, unfortunately, be forced to resolve matters militarily.
The Government of Tigray would like to once again request the unfettered delivery of emergency assistance by air and the opening of all possible humanitarian corridors - including a corridor through western Tigray - that allows for the safe and fast delivery of humanitarian assistance to those in need not only in Tigray but also to parts of the Afar and Amhara regions currently under the control of our forces.
Abiy Ahmed has committed the act of treason by colluding with foreign forces to commit genocide on the people of Tigray. His genocidal war campaign against Tigray has caused untold suffering on the people of Tigray and has thrown the country into an even deeper political turmoil and economic crisis.
The Government of Tigray strongly repudiates the spurious allegation that child soldiers are serving and/or being trained in the Tigray Defense Forces (TDF). We assert in the strongest terms possible that the TDF is committed to international protocols prohibiting the recruitment of children for military training and children's engagement in armed hostilities. There has never been nor is there at this time a single child under the age of service training or serving with the TDF.
The Tigray Regional Government will cooperate fully in humanitarian assistance efforts. We are ready to discuss how to best implement and operationalize these efforts to ensure millions of lives on the brink of death are saved.
The following memorandum document was sent by the government of Tigray to 60 different organizations and heads of governments. We publish it here as is, as part of Tghat’s effort…
Excerpt from the 17th April, 2021 Address by Debretsion Gebremichael, President of Tigray.
The National Regional State of Tigray has looked into the International Crisis Group’s recent report, entitled ‘Toward an end to Ethiopia’s Federal-Tigray feud’ with keen interest. We appreciate your concerns about the fast deteriorating political and security situation in the country and the proposed ways out of this crisis.