Tigray, 28 November, 2020 / 5:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The leadership of Pax Christi International, a global Catholic peace movement, has expressed “great” concerns about the ongoing violent conflict in Ethiopia pitting the Federal government against the local authorities of the country’s Northernmost Tigray region.
In a statement circulated Thursday, November 26, officials of the Belgium-based movement say they are following the violent conflict “with great concern.” They call on the two sides to strive for an inclusive peace process to end the “political crisis.”
“We are alarmed by the country’s political crisis that has developed into a civil conflict between the Federal government and the Tigray regional government, which is causing immense violence, internally displacement of persons and thousands of refugees,” Pax Christi International officials say in the statement obtained by ACI Africa.
They express their support for the November 4 statement of the Catholic Bishops in Ethiopia who urged parties in conflict “to resolve their differences amicably, in a spirit of respect, understanding and hope and pray for the people to live together in respect, consultation, and dialogue, and to work together for the prosperity of their common country.”
“In this spirit, a path of active nonviolence should be chosen which preserves human lives and fosters peaceful co-existence between different ethnic groups,” they say in their November 26 message.