In order to respond directly to
the emergency and to provide life-saving assistance, we have now
decided to top up our humanitarian assistance for Ethiopia by a
further five million euro. We will make this funding available to
the Country-Based Pooled Fund and thus to aid workers on the ground
so that they can help people who have lost their homes or are
fleeing from the fighting.
What is needed to resolve the conflict is a political process that
starts with de-escalation and dialogue and continues the course of
reform launched by Prime Minister Abiy. The parties to the conflict
have been offered mediation; this must be taken up now.