Washington: The United States warned on Wednesday that there was “no military solution” to the Ethiopian civil war and stated that diplomacy was “the first, last and only option” after state-affiliated media said Prime Minister Abi Ahmed was on the front line.
With government forces fighting insurgents from the northernmost Tigray region, Ethiopian media reported that in this year-long escalating crisis, Abiy was at the front line of “battlefield leadership”. Cause more and more international panic.
“There is no military solution to the conflict in Ethiopia,” a State Department spokesperson said in a statement.
“We are aware of reports that Prime Minister Abiy is on the front today, and media reporting of high-profile Ethiopian athletes, parliamentarians, party and regional leaders who have also announced that they will join the Prime Minister on the frontlines,” the official added.
“We urge all parties to refrain from inflammatory and bellicose rhetoric, to use restraint, respect human rights, allow humanitarian access, and protect civilians.”
The remarks by Washington come one day after the US special envoy for the Horn of Africa reported “nascent progress” towards a diplomatic settlement between the government and Tigrayan rebels, but warned it risked being eclipsed by “alarming developments” on the ground.
Special envoy Geoffrey Feltman has just returned from the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, where he once again pushed for a ceasefire.
It is not yet clear where the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize winner Abi will be deployed, and official media have not shown his photos at the scene.