Tigray: Humanitarian Aid

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 25th April 2022.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with the government of Ethiopia on the benefits for humanitarian access of the reopening of other land routes into the Tigray region in addition to the Abala-Mekele route; and what assessment she has made of adherence to (a) the ceasefire and (b) commitments to the provision of humanitarian access by all parties to the conflict since 24 March 2022.

Photo of Vicky Ford Vicky Ford Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

We continue to have active discussions in Ethiopia, with the Government of Ethiopia, Humanitarian Agencies and Regional Governments, on implementing the delivery of aid following the 24 March cessation of hostilities, and on exploring all routes to provide urgently needed humanitarian assistance for Tigray. As I [Minister Ford] expressed in my statement of 1 April, the arrival of a humanitarian convoy in Tigrayan controlled areas on that day was a welcome development, but we need to see sustained humanitarian access to the region.

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