Diplomatic sources said that the UN Security Council is scheduled to meet today, Thursday, to discuss the crisis in the Ethiopian Tigray region, at the request of the United States.
The 15 members of the Council will hear the testimony of the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, who will talk about the continuing difficulties in the delivery of aid to refugees, according to the United Nations.
Lowcock had called at the beginning of March for Eritrea to withdraw its forces from Tigray, in the first admission by a UN official of Eritrea’s involvement in the fighting there.
United Nations officials in Geneva also accused the Eritrean army of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in Tigray, but Asmara denies these accusations.
Thursday’s meeting will be held in a closed session similar to the March 4 meeting also on Tigray, when China and Russia at the time opposed adopting a unanimous statement calling for an end to violence in the region, considering it a matter.
Ethiopia is a longtime US ally, but Washington has been increasingly concerned about since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched a military attack on Tigray in November.
And US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken had previously spoken of “ethnic cleansing” in Tigray, after the Eritrean forces also intervened in fighting against the local ruling party in the northern Ethiopian region.