U.S. will not resume assistance to Ethiopia for most programs in security sector

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State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Friday that while the United States has decided to resume certain types of assistance, including that related to global health and food security, assistance for other programs and most programs in the security sector would remain paused.

“Given the current environment in Ethiopia, we have decided not to lift the assistance pause for other programs, including most programs in the security sector,” Price said at a news briefing.

Blinken has pressed Ethiopia to end hostilities in Tigray and on Wednesday, testifying before Congress, he said he wanted to see forces in Tigray from Eritrea and Amhara be replaced by security forces “that will not abuse the human rights of the people of Tigray or commit acts of ethnic cleansing, which we’ve seen in western Tigray.”

Thousands of people have died, hundreds of thousands have been forced from their homes, and there are shortages of food, water and medicine in the region of more than 5 million people.

The State Department last month said Washington will de-link its pause on some aid to Ethiopia from its policy on the giant Blue Nile hydropower dam that sparked a long-running dispute between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan.

But it cautioned that resumption of assistance would be assessed on a number of factors, including “whether each paused program remains appropriate and timely in light of developments in Ethiopia that occurred subsequent to the pause being put in place,” according to a State Department spokesperson.

Ethiopia’s military ousted the former local ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), from the regional capital Mekelle in November, after what it described as a surprise assault on its forces in Tigray.

The government has said that most fighting has stopped in Tigray but has acknowledged isolated incidents of shooting.

Both sides deny their forces have committed atrocities, and blame other forces for the killing of civilians. (Reporting by Daphne Psaledakis and Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Daniel Wallis).


1 thought on “U.S. will not resume assistance to Ethiopia for most programs in security sector

  1. This decision donot caught me by surprise,we would rather have seen more decisions that bring these all time perpetrators to justice, criminal court,a swift and timely military operation in Tigray aimed at saving lives dying every single minute, the immediate withdrawl of invading forces interpreted in action, and letting unhindered humanitarian aid to our people.
    Nontheless, I am still gratefull to all countless effort and actions made so far.

    There are many more deaths , atrocities which are untold in southeren Tigray, Humera and small villages. You know, many farmers in lowland area, kola, live dissociated from the other cottages being scattered.
    Hence, I coud imagine that there could be many people subjected to this atrocity without being noticed. These people could also be more vulnerable to hunger being blocked to food supplies and ill-informed about the current situation

    Another thing I would like to remind you that our liberation army, brave-hearted young soldiers, should take caution when they enter any city. IN 1983 When TPLF entered Finfine, many tegadelti were killed by hooligans and mercenaries who are armed with knives and daggers by stealthly attacking them behind. TDF should inspect everyone who is approaching them when they enter in Humera, or any other eritrean and so called amhara region, or any city that was occupied by eritreans and amhara forces before.
    Here in western world, police or soldier donot let you to approach him or her without checking your pockets and bag or whatever if they do suspect or whatever reason. This should be applicable in our region for the safety of TDF .

    Thank you

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