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Biden executive order allows sanctions against people involved in conflict in Tigray, Ethiopia

A new executive order signed by US President Joe Biden allows the US Treasury Department to sanction all parties involved in the war in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia, including the governments of Ethiopia and Eritrea.

In a statement on Friday, Biden said: “The new executive order I signed today establishes a new sanctions regime that will allow us to target those responsible for prolonging the conflict in Ethiopia, obstructing humanitarian access or preventing the ceasefire. Sanctions are imposed on those involved.”

“These sanctions are not directed against the people of Ethiopia or Eritrea, but against individuals and entities that commit violence and cause humanitarian disasters.”

If measures are not taken as soon as possible to end the 10-month fighting, the order allows the agency to impose sanctions.

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The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the Amhara regional government may also be subject to sanctions.

Previous attempts by the United States to pressure warring factions, including visa restrictions on officials from Ethiopia and Eritrea, have been unsuccessful.

Biden said: “The United States is determined to promote a peaceful resolution of this conflict. We will fully support major mediation efforts including Olusegun Obasanjo, Senior Representative of the Horn of Africa of the African Union.” “We fully agree with the United Nations and Africa. The view of the coalition leaders: There is no military solution to this crisis.”

Document-Displaced Tigray people line up to receive food donated by local residents at the Mekele Reception Center for Internally Displaced People in the Tigray Region, northern Ethiopia, on May 9, 2021.

The war threatens the stability of Ethiopia, the second most populous country in Africa.

This conflict has triggered the world’s biggest hunger crisis, and millions of people need humanitarian assistance.

On Thursday, US officials stated that in the past month, only 10% of humanitarian supplies in the embattled Tigray area were allowed to enter the area.

The United States and the United Nations stated that trucks carrying basic aid such as food and water to the area have been blocked by the Ethiopian army.

Some of the information in this report is provided by the Associated Press and Reuters.

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