Addis Ababa, 04 November, 2020 / 10:05 pm (ACI Africa).
Following tensions between Ethiopia’s Federal government and the leadership of Tigray Regional State, Catholic Bishops in the Horn of Africa nation have appealed to both parties to resolve their differences amicably, in a spirit of mutual “respect and trust.”
The Ethiopian government on Wednesday, November 4 declared a state of emergency in Tigray State, ordering “a military offensive, after an army base was taken over by forces loyal to the regional government of Tigray,” according to BBC News report November 4.
In a statement issued Wednesday, November 4, Catholic Bishops in Ethiopia “urge both parties to resolve their differences amicably, in a spirit of respect, understanding, and trust.”
The leadership of the Ethiopian Catholic Church "wishes and prays for the people to live together in respect, concertation, and dialogue and to work together for the prosperity of their common country.”
In his November 4 statement justifying the military offensive order, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said, “This situation has reached a level where it cannot be prevented and controlled through the regular law enforcement mechanisms.”