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Biden executive order allows sanctions on those involved in Ethiopia’s Tigre conflict

A new executive order signed by US President Joe Biden allows the US Treasury Department to approve all parties involved in the war in Ethiopia’s northern Tigre region, including the Ethiopian and Eritrean governments.

“The new executive order I signed today establishes a new sanctions regime that will prevent us from prolonging conflict in Ethiopia, hindering humanitarian access or preventing a ceasefire,” Biden said in a statement on Friday. Will allow those responsible to be targeted or involved.” .

“These sanctions are not directed at the people of Ethiopia or Eritrea, but on individuals and entities who perpetrate violence and perpetrate humanitarian disaster.”

The order allows the agency to impose sanctions if steps are not taken quickly to end the 10-month battle.

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The Tigre People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the Amhara Regional Government may also be approved.

Previous US efforts to pressure the warring factions, including visa sanctions against Ethiopian and Eritrean officials, have not been successful.

“The United States is determined to push for a peaceful resolution of this conflict, and we will provide full support to major mediation efforts, including those of the African Union’s High Representative for the Horn of Africa, Olusegun Obasanjo,” Biden said. said. “We fully agree with the leaders of the United Nations and the African Union: there is no military solution to this crisis.”

FILE – Displaced tigresses queue to receive food donated by local residents at a reception center for the internally displaced in Mekele, in the Tigre region of northern Ethiopia, May 9, 2021.

The war threatens the stability of Ethiopia, Africa’s second most populous country.

The conflict has led to the world’s biggest hunger crisis, leaving millions in need of humanitarian aid.

On Thursday, US officials said only 10 percent of humanitarian supplies for the troubled Tigre region have been allowed to enter the region over the past month.

The US and the United Nations say Ethiopian troops have stopped trucks carrying essential aid such as food and water to the region.

Some of the information in this report was provided by the Associated Press and Reuters.

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