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.
The pervasive danger of lawlessness and degradation of constitutional order currently afflicting our nation can only be resolved via an inclusive dialogue involving all relevant stakeholders; trying to solve this problem through force and coercive pressures will only lead the country towards greater dangers
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed assumed power in April 2018 to spearhead the reform that the Ethiopian people demanded and EPRDF, the then ruling party, promised to deliver. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has, however, forsaken the reform agenda and focused on building a system subservient to his dictatorial ambitions. Nothing is sacred in his drive for personal power consolidation. There was nothing left unscathed for political convenience. He single-mindedly deconstructed the constitutional federal order and created a conducive environment for anarchy and violence. Politics has become a gamble to be won by any means possible regardless of legal constraints and morale sensitivities.
While once again reiterating our commitment to peace and respect for international laws and covenants in this conflict and our readiness to work with relevant international bodies in the furtherance of peace, the Government and Defence Forces of Tigray will continue to fight against all enemies of the people of Tigray until such time that our people are fully liberated from occupation and all perpetrators of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity are held accountable.
Their demands are targeted at the international community and include the immediate withdrawal of Eritrean army and Amhara militia, access to humanitarian aid and media, and independent investigation of crimes of atrocities and end to war and a start of negotiation.
DW Tv - "Statement of the Tigray government" 15 January 2021 It’s been 73 days since Abiy and Isayas’ clique have utilized foreign and internal armies with the explicit aim…