EU Diplomat Borrel Calls Tigray Situation 'appalling'
Sumaira FH 1 month ago Thu 24th June 2021 | 12:50 AM
Brussels, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 24th Jun, 2021 ) :The EU's chief diplomat decried Wednesday the situation in Ethiopia's Tigray region as "appalling" and pleaded with the world to "wake up and take action".
Josep Borrell issued the statement following a strike that killed or wounded dozens of people at a market in the town of Togoga as reports emerged of rebel advances in some parts of the region.
"What is happening in Tigray is appalling. It is time for the international community to wake up and take action," the statement said.
"We re-iterate the urgent call for an immediate ceasefire in Tigray," Borrell added.
An ambulance driver in the region said he was prevented from driving to Togoga, and Borrell said that if that was confirmed, it would constitute "a grave violation of the Geneva Convention and of International Humanitarian Law".
EU leaders have put the situation in Tigray on the agenda of their summit meeting in Brussels on Thursday and Friday.
Borrell called the strike "yet another attack adding up to the horrific series" of humanitarian law and human rights violations, atrocities and ethnic violence in Tigray.
But Borrell said that deliberately targeting civilians was an "atrocity" that "cannot be justified by using the preservation of the territorial integrity of Ethiopia as an argument".