The following statement by Secretary-General António Guterres was issued today:
Recent events in the Tigray region of Ethiopia are extremely worrisome. They demonstrate, once again, that there is no military solution to the crisis. I have just spoken with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and I am hopeful that an effective cessation of hostilities will take place. It is essential that civilians are protected, humanitarian aid reach the people in need and a political solution is found.