United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was deeply concerned by the escalation of violence in Ethiopia and the declaration of a state of emergency.
“Guterres is deeply concerned by the escalation of violence in Ethiopia and the recent declaration of a state of emergency,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement.
“The stability of Ethiopia and the broader region is at stake,” he added, noting that “Guterres reiterated his call for an immediate cessation of hostilities, unfettered humanitarian access, and a comprehensive national dialogue to resolve the crisis.”
The federal government in Ethiopia, earlier on Tuesday, declared a state of emergency in the country after the Tigray rebels began advancing towards the capital, Addis Ababa.
Earlier on Tuesday, the government called on the residents of the capital to arm against the backdrop of the rebels’ advance, and the authorities in Addis Ababa asked the people to register weapons and prepare defenses.
The war erupted in northern Ethiopia 11 months ago between the Ethiopian federal forces and forces loyal to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, which controls the region.
Thousands have died and millions have fled their homes, and the conflict has spread to neighboring Amhara, Afar and Oromo regions.