European demands of the Ethiopian government to restore communications in Tigray
The Commissioner for Crisis Management in the European Union, Janez Lenarchic, during his visit to Umm Raqouba camp in Sudan, spoke to the Ethiopian refugees who fled to Sudan during the last period due to the military operations on the Tigray region by the Ethiopian government, and he urged the Ethiopian authorities to lift the blockade imposed on communications.
He also called on the Ethiopian government to cease its hostilities and operations.
Communications were cut off in the Tigray region, which led to the inability of the refugees to communicate with their relatives who were separated from them,
"I spoke to a number of refugees in this camp today, and perhaps the most painful to hear is that they have no information whatsoever about their relatives and friends who left them behind," Lenarchic said.
On Saturday, Abyei claimed that the conflict had ended after his forces took control of the Tigrayan capital, Mekele, but the Tigray People's Liberation Front threatened to launch an all-out counterattack on Wednesday.
Lenarchic also urged the Ethiopian government to secure entry of humanitarian workers and goods, while calling on both sides to "cease hostilities".
The Ethiopian government granted the United Nations a humanitarian corridor "without restrictions" in Tigray, according to a document seen on Wednesday by Agence France-Presse.
The agreement states that "the United Nations and humanitarian partners" have access to "vulnerable populations in (government) administered areas of Tigray."
The document signed by the United Nations and the Ethiopian Minister of Peace stipulates the provision of "safe, permanent and unrestricted passage for humanitarian workers to provide services to the most vulnerable populations in government-run areas in Tigray and the neighboring Hamra and Afar border regions"