ISTANBUL (SD) – Turkish government has urged warring sides in Ethiopia to stop fighting and start negotiation to end their different amid reports from Addis Ababa claims that the joint forces of Tigray and Oromo are advancing towards the capital.
In a statement, Turkish foreign ministry confirmed that its government’s readiness to mediate the sides in the year-long fighting.
The ministry urged the ‘urgent cessation of the violence and call for the establishment of peace and stability.
The Recep Erdogan administration also said it was ready to mediate between the Federal Government and the TPLF.
The statement comes on the heel of a called by U.N. Security Council to end the intensifying and expanding conflict in Ethiopia on Friday, and for unhindered access for humanitarian aid to tackle the world’s worst hunger crisis in a decade in the war-torn Tigray region.
The U.N.’s most powerful body expressed serious concern about the impact of the conflict on “the stability of the country and the wider region,” and called on all parties to refrain “from inflammatory hate speech and incitement to violence and divisiveness.”
The United Nations has said that up to 7 million people in the Ethiopian regions of Tigray, Amhara and Afar need help, including 5 million in Tigray where some 400,000 people are estimated to be living in famine-like conditions.
Meanwhile the Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF) Friday sent out an appeal to former soldiers to return to bolster defences against the Tigray Defence Forces (TDF). The call is however based on a condition that the new conscripts must ‘recognise and accept the constitution of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Constitution and believe in the sovereignty and unity of the people and are willing to serve with perseverance.’