SENATOR THE HON DAVID FAWCETT
Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade
Senator for South Australia
Statement On Conflict In Ethiopia
I am deeply concerned at the continued escalation of conflict in Tigray and neighbouring regions of northern Ethiopia. I join the Australian Government in its condemnation of the ongoing fighting, use of sexual violence and severe restrictions on humanitarian access. For approximately one year, this conflict has had a devastating impact on the lives of many people.
Australia has called on all parties to the conflict to exercise restraint and end the violence. Humanitarian agencies must also be allowed to provide urgent life-saving support to the millions of people impacted. Australia has urged the Ethiopian Government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front to immediately end hostilities and reach a negotiated solution for the people of Ethiopia and the country’s stability.
Australia is providing assistance on efforts to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Tigray and neighbouring regions of northern Ethiopia. Australia has already provided $3 million to the UN World Food Programme to help meet the needs of those most vulnerable and is now providing a further $3 million to the International Committee of the Red Cross.
I extend my sympathies to those who have family and friends affected by the conflict.