Secretary-General António Guterres on the situation in Ethiopia and Ukraine - Security Council Media Stakeout

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24-Aug-2022 00:01:24
Informal comments to the media by UN Secretary-General António Guterres on the situation in Ethiopia and Ukraine.

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Secretary-General António Guterres said he was “deeply shocked and saddened” by the news of the resumption of hostilities in Ethiopia.

Speaking to reporters today (24 Aug) prior to the Security Council meeting on Ukraine, the UN chief said, “Ethiopians, Tigrayans, Amharas, Oromos, Afars, have already suffered too much.”

He emphasized, “My strong appeal is for an immediate cessation of hostilities and for the resumption of peace talks between the government and the TPLF [Tigray People's Liberation Front] with at the same time the full guarantee of humanitarian access to people in need and the reestablishment of public services.”

Asked about his recent trip to Ukraine, Guterres said, “One thing is true. We were able to create conditions for an agreement that is now contributing in a decisive way to reduce food prices around the world. But of course, what is most important, is peace.”
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