The United Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had expressed concerns at the deteriorating security as well as the aggravating humanitarian crisis in the restive Tigray region of Ethiopia. A Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General – on Ethiopia said: “The Secretary-General remains seriously concerned over the situation in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. He attaches strong importance to the partnership between the Government of Ethiopia and the United Nations, through its Country Team, in addressing the acute humanitarian needs of all affected populations. He underlines the need for continued urgent steps to alleviate the humanitarian situation and extend the necessary protections to those at risk.
In this context, the Secretary-General welcomes the positive engagement of the Government of Ethiopia during recent visits by senior UN officials, including High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, Under Secretary-General for Security and Safety Gilles Michaud, and the Executive Director of the World Food Programme, David Beasley. These engagements are undertaken in line with the Secretary-General’s call to the Government for sustained, impartial and unimpeded humanitarian access to affected areas in the Tigray region and to internally displaced persons and refugee camps”.
High Commissioner Grandi, who recently concluded a mission to Ethiopia, described the situation in Tigray as “extremely grave”.
“People need all possible forms of support: food items, non-food items, medicine, clean water, shelter [and] the closure of the banking system, of the telecommunication system has added to the hardship of thousands of people”, he said at a press conference in Addis Ababa before leaving the country.