UN chief Antonio Guterres called today for the immediate de-escalation of tensions in northern Ethiopia where fighting has erupted between federal forces and troops in the Tigray region. The AFP reports that long-running tensions erupted into armed conflict this week between Addis Ababa and the Tigray region, whose leaders effectively ruled the country for three decades until Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power. ‘I’m deeply alarmed over the situation in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. The stability of Ethiopia is important for the entire Horn of Africa region,’ Guterres wrote on Twitter.
‘I call for an immediate de-escalation of tensions and a peaceful resolution to the dispute.’