UNITED NATIONS (PA) – Eritrean Foreign Minister blamed US administrations that have supported the Popular Tigray Liberation Movement for the past 20 years for the ongoing war in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia , claiming that blaming Eritrea for the fighting was unfounded.
Osman Saleh, in a letter to the UN Security Council released on Monday, accused President Joe Biden’s administration of “further fueling conflict and destabilization” through interference and intimidation in the region. “The apparent aim of these acts is to resuscitate the remnants of the TPLF regime,” he said.
The TPLF led the coalition that ruled Ethiopia for nearly three decades until Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power in 2018. Abiy partly alienated the TPLF by trying to make peace with his nemesis, Eritrea, then sent Ethiopian government troops to the region in November. .
Thousands of people are estimated to have been killed in the war that left a third of the region’s 6 million people fleeing. Government forces are now allied with soldiers from neighboring Eritrea, accused of numerous atrocities.
Saleh’s letter makes no mention of Eritrean troops in Tigray, despite international calls for them to withdraw.
Numerous witnesses, rape survivors, officials and aid workers said Eritrean soldiers were spotted far from the border, sometimes dressed in faded Ethiopian army fatigues and controlling main roads and access to some. communities.
The Ethiopian government views TPLF fighters as terrorists who challenged Abiy’s authority. But recent atrocities appear to have increased support for the TPLF.
The Eritrean foreign minister accused the TPLF of waging a campaign of disinformation to cover up its illicit schemes to arm itself and overthrow the Abiy government and he urged the Security Council “to take appropriate measures to redress the situation. injustice ”.
Saleh also criticized the recent announcement by the US State Department on visa restrictions for current or former Eritrean and Ethiopian government and military officials, saying it was only the latest in a series of “unilateral acts by ‘intimidation and interference’.