The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, today issued the following statement:
“Canada welcomes Monday’s declaration by the Government of Ethiopia that an immediate, unilateral ceasefire, applicable to all federal and regional forces, is in effect in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. We urge all parties to allow unhindered humanitarian access and call on Eritrea to withdraw its forces immediately.
“Canada calls on all parties to take this opportunity to pursue a peaceful resolution to the conflict that will bring sustainable security in the region.
“The conflict in Tigray and the resulting humanitarian crisis have led to tremendous suffering and tragic loss of life. It is critical that this ceasefire translate into immediate and unimpeded humanitarian access. Civilians and humanitarian workers, as well as hospitals and medical facilities, must be protected in accordance with international humanitarian law and UN Security Council Resolution 2286.
“It is critical that those who have been subject to human rights violations and abuses throughout the conflict to obtain justice. Perpetrators of these crimes must be held to account, without exception.
“Canada stands ready to support the Government of Ethiopia and its people in pursuing a national, inclusive political process and reconciliation that reflects the will of all citizens.”