Estonia´s comment after UN Security Council IID meeting on Tigray

Estonia remains gravely concerned about the ongoing conflict in Tigray and the deteriorating humanitarian situation it is causing.

We acknowledge the commitment of the Ethiopian government to provide humanitarian aid in Tigray and to guarantee unhindered access for the humanitarian aid agencies. However, according to the UN and a number of aid organizations serious challenges remain. We are especially alarmed about the credible reports of a risk of conflict-induced famine and wide-spread food insecurity in Tigray. As reported, more than 350 000 people in the area are already facing food shortages on the most severe level of the IPC. Estonia recalls the Council’s resolution 2417, which noted the link between armed conflict and violence and conflict-induced food insecurity and the threat of famine, and strongly condemned the use of starvation of civilians as a method of warfare.

We call all parties for immediate cessation of hostilities and to advance a comprehensive, inclusive and credible political process. We are also concerned about numerous violations committed by the Eritrean troops and call for their immediate withdrawal. All parties to the conflict must ensure the protection of civilians, including humanitarian workers, and the accountability of the perpetrators of violations.