The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, this Monday called on the 27 units to take further action against Ethiopia World because of the conflict in the Tigray region, which he has described as “the worst humanitarian crisis in the world”.
A year after the Addis Ababa army launched a military campaign in the Tigray region, EU foreign ministers are discussing the crisis in Luxembourg. Without explicitly mentioning the subject of sanctions, the head of EU diplomacy has spoken out in favor of new measures to contain the crisis.
“Much more action is needed in Ethiopia, but there is no agreement among member states to take decisive steps to tackle the world’s worst humanitarian situation,” he said before attending the Foreign Affairs Council.
Without ruling out the imposition of sanctions against those responsible for the situation, the EU wants to combine positions in order to push for an end to the crisis in the African country. Human rights abuses and widespread famine occurred during the conflict, and the situation threatens to affect the stability of the entire Horn of Africa.
Borrell has been following the situation in Tigray for a year and has twice sent Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto on a diplomatic mission to the region, although the European bloc has so far waived sanctions.