Government rejects calls for ceasefire in Tigray
The government has brushed aside calls for a ceasefire in the northern province of Tigray, saying its forces are close to eliminating all armed opposition. The UN, US, UK and many European states have called for a ceasefire to allow humanitarian organisations to reach millions of people who face famine. Officials in Addis Ababa ignored these calls in a press briefing last Thursday, but said that the government’s “law enforcement mission” was close to ending. The conflict began in November when government forces moved to oust the Tigray People’s Liberation Front from power in the province.