Brussels, 29 August 2023 (TDI): The European Union (EU) has issued a statement expressing its profound concern over the ongoing conflict, alleged human rights violations, and reports of civilian casualties in Ethiopia’s Amhara region.

High Representative Josep Borrell, on behalf of the EU, highlighted the need for urgent action to protect civilians and promote dialogue to address the escalating situation.

The Amhara region of Ethiopia has become a focal point of concern due to the ongoing conflict and the distressing reports of human rights abuses.

The EU’s statement underscores the gravity of the situation and calls for immediate measures to halt hostilities, safeguard civilian lives, and create conditions conducive to dialogue and reconciliation.

Of particular concern are the large-scale detentions that have occurred, particularly following the proclamation of a State of Emergency.

The EU joins forces with other concerned parties, including the African Union, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission, and the Ethiopian National Dialogue Commission, in urging for the protection of civilians and an end to the ongoing hostilities.

The EU, in alignment with its commitment to promoting peace, stability, and human rights, emphasizes the importance of initiating a dialogue between all relevant parties involved in the conflict.

The statement highlights the EU’s readiness to support any process that leads to dialogue, reconciliation, and a political settlement that can pave the way for lasting peace in the region.

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It underscores the value of the ongoing National Dialogue process, which offers a viable framework for Ethiopians to collaboratively shape a peaceful future for their nation.

The statement concludes by urging all Ethiopians to choose the path of dialogue and engage constructively in the national dialogue process.