Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield
U.S. Representative to the United Nations
New York, New York
March 4, 2021
Good afternoon. I would like now to offer a brief statement in my national capacity as Representative of the United States.
The United States is alarmed by the humanitarian and human rights situation in Ethiopia. What’s happening in Ethiopia has had, and will continue to have, devastating consequences for thousands of innocent people, and it poses a direct threat to regional peace and security. We need to address it immediately.
The onus to prevent further atrocities and human suffering falls squarely on the Ethiopian government’s shoulders. We urge the Ethiopian government to support an immediate end to the fighting in Tigray. And to that end, the prompt withdrawal of Eritrean forces and Amhara regional forces from Tigray are essential steps. And we urge the broader region to work fast and together toward a peaceful solution.
For our part, the United States is committed to working bilaterally and multilaterally to help secure an end to the violence.
We are committed to holding perpetrators of abuses and violations on all sides to account. And we are committed to addressing and assisting with the humanitarian and the human rights crisis.
To that end, this week we have deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team to Ethiopia to lead the scale-up of U.S. government humanitarian assistance.
Our goal is to help people affected by the conflict in the Tigray region, and our hope is that others will join us in this urgent, necessary, life-saving effort.
Looking to tomorrow, we will be holding closed consultations on Burma. The United States is gravely concerned about the coup and the bloodshed that has followed there. Instead of demonstrating respect for the rule of law, pursuing dialogue, and refraining from violence, the military has dramatically accelerated violence against the people of Burma over the past few years*. This is simply unacceptable.
This places a real importance on our efforts tomorrow. The people of Burma have stood firm for democracy; our voices need to be equally firm, and they must be united in supporting the people of Burma.
Thank you very much.