We, former U.S. ambassadors and charges d’affaires to Ethiopia, were heartened by the humanitarian truce announced by the Ethiopian Federal Government and subsequently accepted by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
We also recognize the incredible human pain and suffering this conflict has caused, including documented gross human rights violations committed by all armed parties against innocent civilians. While recognizing the intense emotional distress and hostilities – including ethnic hatred – created by the war and accompanying atrocities, we nevertheless urge all sides to implement the humanitarian cease fire and enter an ongoing process of dialogue to address the outstanding issues which contributed to the conflict. If this opportunity is lost, and if the conflict is resumed, we see no advantage to be gained by any of the combatants and the only result would be more death, destruction, and suffering.
We believe it is equally imperative for armed groups – including Eritrean armed forces – to expeditiously return to their home territories. While the situation in Tigray may require the most urgent attention, there are serious humanitarian and human rights issues in Afar, Amhara, Oromia, and Benishangul regions that also need consideration and assistance from the Ethiopian Government and the international community. Our hopes and prayers are with all the peoples of Ethiopia that the country will resume its path towards peace, unity, prosperity, and strengthened democracy.
April 4, 2022
Ambassador (Rtd) Donald Booth
Ambassador (Rtd) Aurelia Brazeal
Ambassador (Rtd) Patricia Haslach
Ambassador (Rtd) Vicki Huddleston
Ambassador (Rtd) Tibor Nagy
Ambassador (Rtd) David Shinn