Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto denounced a statement by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. The latter would have announced his intention "to exterminate the Tigrayans for 100 years".
This is a dangerous statement made by the Finnish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pekka Haavisto. According to him, during his tenure as special envoy of the European Union (EU) in Ethiopia, he would have met with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and several Ethiopian ministers. During this meeting, behind closed doors, members of the Ethiopian government reportedly threatened "to exterminate the Tigrayans".
The famous meeting would have taken place in February. And the denunciation of the remarks made then could threaten the career of the Finnish diplomat. This is an unprecedented breach of diplomatic standards. However, it is a shocking statement, which lifts the veil on the objective of the massacre in Tigray. In February, Pekka Haavisto said he had “two intensive days of meetings” with Abiy Ahmed and other “key ministers”. The deployment of the special envoy was a final attempt by the EU to convince the Ethiopian state to reconsider military engagement in Tigray.
For three weeks, the UN has increased alerts on the evolution of the Tigray war into genocide. Reports on the ground show that the slaughtered civilians are exclusively Tigrayans. Since May 25, refugees from the Tigray ethnic group have been systematically returned from the camps. Or even transported to the desert, where currently at least 350 people are starving. The use of famine as a weapon of war adds up to a long list of crimes with which the Ethiopian government and its allies are accused today. Indeed, with its allies of Eritrea, and more recently from Somalia, the Amhara legions are said to have committed atrocities.
Destroy the Tigrayans, wipe them out for 100 years, exterminate them
The international community has already identified war crimes and crimes against humanity in northern Ethiopia. For months, reports have multiplied on rape, human trafficking, summary executions, looting etc.
However, the "conflict" took a dramatic turn. Since Abiy Ahmed's troops target civilians exclusively. And above all, since the latter are chosen on the basis of ethnicity. This is an ongoing genocide, which has the potential to be the most massive of the XNUMXst century.
With the statements of Pekka Haavisto, the European Union has taken a very determined position. It is obvious that the denunciation comes two days before the Ethiopian elections. So the political issue is very clear. However, in view of the nonchalance of the Ethiopian state in the face of sanctions and previous warnings, it is not sure that things would change. In addition, Abiy Ahmed is practically alone vying for the elections.
“When I met the Ethiopian leaders in February, they really used this kind of language,” Haavisto said. Before continuing: “They said they are going to destroy the Tigrayans, annihilate them for 100 years, exterminate them, and so on. To us it looks like ethnic cleansing. It is a very serious act ”.
Finally, Pekka Haavisto ended her testimony by saying: "I think it is very obvious, that we (the EU) must react". Contacted by the PA after this shocking intervention, by videoconference in front of the European Parliament, Haavisto said he had no other comments on the subject. Will the European Union take note of the testimonies of his special correspondent? File to follow.
When i asked the # EU Envoy @Haavisto about #Abiyahmedali + #Isaiasafewerki Committing War Crimes in #Tigray he replied- "..when I met the #Ethiopian Leadership in February they used this kind of language, that they are going to destroy the Tigrayans, they are going to wipe out .. " pic.twitter.com/mrdtmEHCaS
- Mick Wallace (@wallacemick) June 17, 2021