Ethiopia and UN Agree on Tigray Aid Access

The UN and the Federal Government of Ethiopia have signed an agreement that “seeks to enable unimpeded, sustained and secure access for humanitarian personnel and services” in the areas under the control of the Federal Government in Tigray and the bordering areas of Amhara and Afar regions.

Speaking to reporters in New York, UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said the UN along with its partners in Ethiopia “are engaging with the Federal Government and all parties to the conflict to ensure that the humanitarian actions in Tigray, Amhara, Afar regions strictly based on needs and carry out by compliance with the globally agreed principles of humanity, impartiality, independence and neutrality.”

Dujarric continued, “this includes working to ensure that people impacted by the conflict are assisted without distinction of any kind other than the urgency of their needs.”

He also added that today an assessment and response mission is taking place in Afar in areas bordering Tigray to reach people have been internal displaced by the ongoing conflict.