Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed urged all parties in the Ukraine conflict to exercise restraint and explore peaceful alternatives to the current status quo.
In a statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office, he said, “We express our concern at the escalating rhetoric that risks further intensifying the issue and call upon all concerned to explore the multiple pathways to reach an understanding.”.
He indicated in his statement that communities in the globe are more interconnected than ever, warning the crisis might have a wider impact.
“Issues we consider remote to our respective locations have in reality exposed our vulnerabilities in that no nation is an island.”
Mentioning the recent economic crisis which is caused by the COVID 19 pandemic, the statement also cautioned that the conflict would impact the already vulnerable society in the world.
“Whether it is a health pandemic or an armed confrontation, it is these vulnerable sections of our society that suffer the most.”
The Prime Minister highlighted his country’s situation as an ideal lesson worth learning from. “Ethiopia has abundant lessons to share from its recent engagement in war. Our experience has shown the devastating consequence that war inflicts upon families, communities, livelihoods, and the economy at large.”
“While the material consequence of war can be thought to be easily replenished, it is the lasting impact on the fabric of society that scars nations. It is with this recent recollection of war still fresh for many Ethiopians that my government calls upon all parties involved to exercise maximum caution in engagement and refrain from further exacerbating a sensitive situation,” he added.
“A zero-sum situation need not be our reality,” reads the statement, “especially when we can rely on the lessons of the past to draw us to greater heights of coexistence.”
The Prime Minister also expressed wishes for a peaceful solution for the crisis in Ukraine and urged all concerned parties to explore peaceful alternatives to the current status quo.