ADDIS ABABA – The Government of Ethiopia on Wednesday said TPLF’s latest attacks on new directios to invade regions neighbouring Tigray could force the hands extended for peace to recoil.
The ongoing fighting in northern Amhara and Afar regions started last week. The government accused the TPLF of launching the latest attacks, and disregarding the peace talks envisioned to resolve the conflict under the auspices of the African Union.
In a statement today, the Government Communication Services (GCS) says the door for peace talks is still open but “TPLF’s belligerence is forcing the hands extended for peace to recoil”.
As per the GCS, the invasion of Kobo and the surrounding areas of Eastern Amhara Region by the TPLF has not gone as the group planned, “due to the concerted response effort of our heroic defense forces and the local communities.”
The group has now launched an invasion “in the direction of Wag, Wolqait and our border areas with Sudan, (in Amhara Region),” it says, using “worn-out human wave strategy that places children, youth and the elderly people of Tigray as sacrificial lambs.”
“Our heroic national defense forces are defending this invasion with full preparedness and resolve,” the statement reads.
It also says the Government of Ethiopia, while responding steadfastly to attacks launched by TPLF in various directions, has still not closed off the options for peace.
“We continue to urge the international community to do what it can to pressure the belligerent group for a peaceful resolution of the conflict,” it says. “We call on the people of Tigray, who are our people, to free themselves from the suffering caused by the tyranny of the TPLF and condemn the belligerence.”