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Ethiopia: UN says humanitarian truce in Ethiopia speeds up aid flow

Addis Ababa – The humanitarian truce declared by the Ethiopian government is helping to maximize all opportunities in the flow of relief items to conflict-affected areas, said the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Ethiopia, Catherine Sozi, to the Ethiopian News Agency.

According to her, the truce has brought the desired result on the ground by cutting off the flow of relief on the roads and air cargo.

“We are grateful to have had more space,” said the coordinator, adding that “the humanitarian truce means that we are able to increase humanitarian aid in Tigray.”

But not only in Tigray but also in the border areas with Tigray and Amhara, Tigray and Afar where people need to receive life-saving assistance, she explained.

The Ethiopian government declared an indefinite humanitarian truce in March 2022 to expedite the delivery of humanitarian aid to people in need in the Tigray region in particular.

The truce was hailed by the international community as the right move to save lives and reduce human suffering when aid agencies, aid workers and rights groups sounded the alarm over conditions in Tigray.

However, the terrorist TPLF has been accused of obstructing essential food aid to Tigray and the international community has been repeatedly urged to pressure the group to end all unnecessary activities.

The last humanitarian truce is also not observed by the TPLF because the terrorist group has always occupied the humanitarian routes bordering Tigray with the regions of Afar and Amhara, the New Zealand journalist recently told ENA. and northern Ethiopia conflict observer, Alastair Thompson.

Although the government is doing its best to navigate extremely difficult international conditions to bring peace to Ethiopia, Thompson noted that the terrorist TPLF has revealed its true nature by not being a partner for peace.

UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Sozi said she was “concerned at the start and during the conflict for the safety and security of humanitarians as they reached out to help those in need”.

The coordinator however noted that the declaration of the humanitarian truce has created enormous opportunities for an unhindered flow of assistance. “Every week and every day we are able to move more and more.”

“So the humanitarian truce for us was welcome and we used every opportunity to increase the flow of assistance products… By using this opportunity (we were able) to move a lot of big stuff that has to go by road on trucks (and) also helped by the government for the air transport of goods, those which are not so heavy.And these flights continued to arrive.

The truce also allowed not only the movement of goods, but also that of tankers and fuel, Sozi revealed.

Despite the increase in the flow of humanitarian aid after this truce, the Ethiopian government and independent researchers sound that the food was diverted to the fighters of the terrorist TPLF, which recently plans to fight another devastating war in the neighboring regions of Ethiopia. Amhara and Afar.

When asked if humanitarian aid had been provided to TPLF combatants, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator replied that the UN and NGOs are committed to ensuring that every product purchased by governments or funded by donors actually reaches recipients.

It should be recalled that the WFP representative and country director for Ethiopia, Claude Jibidar, said: “I saw convoys of 20 trucks something, 60 trucks, 18 trucks, 19 trucks more. Two days before, we delivered 130 trucks, we are preparing convoys up to 200 trucks, so things are improving.