Unic Press UK: The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Verónica Michelle Bachelet Jeria, said the situation in the Ethiopian region of Tigray has rapidly worsened.
Reacting to several reports of mass killings in the town of Mai-Kadra – in the Tigray Region of northwestern Ethiopia – the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said:
“If confirmed as having been deliberately carried out by a party to the current fighting, these killings of civilians would of course amount to war crimes, and there must be an independent investigation and full accountability for what has happened,” she said. “However, the first priority right now must be to stop the fighting and prevent any further atrocities from taking place.”
Jeria urged the key parties in the conflict- Tigray national (and) regional forces and Ethiopian Government forces – to pursue ways to resolve the issues. She said:
“I strongly urge both sides to realize that there will be no winner in such a situation and begin a serious dialogue to resolve their differences without delay,” Bachelet said. “A protracted internal conflict will inflict devastating damage on both Tigray and Ethiopia as a whole, undoing years of vital development progress. It could, in addition, all too easily spill across borders, potentially destabilizing the whole sub-region.”