Officials Brief Atlantic Council on Law Enforcement Operation in Tigray (November 28, 2020)

The Africa Center of the Atlantic Council hosted a private roundtable with Ethiopian Attorney General Dr. Gedion Timothewos, Senior Policy Advisor Mamo Mihretu, and Ambassador to the United States Fitsum Arega.

The event served as an opportunity to discuss the ongoing law enforcement operation in Ethiopia’s Tigray region in order to bring ring-leaders of Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) to justice.

The event was opened by Africa Center Director of Programs and Studies Bronwyn Bruton, followed by introductions from Africa Center Senior Fellow Gabriel Negatu and moderation by Africa Center Senior Fellow Cameron Hudson.

Dr. Gedion provided opening remarks to frame the conversation around the Ethiopian government’s law enforcement operation against the TPLF Junta in Tigray, following the attempted seizure of military assets by TPLF forces earlier this month.

Participants, representing the US government, Congressional offices, think tanks, and not-for-profits, then directed questions to both Dr. Gedion and Mihretu about limiting civilian casualties in the region; the conflict’s economic impact on Ethiopia; coordination with humanitarian agencies; and repatriating refugees who fled to neighboring Sudan.

Africa Center Senior Fellow Cameron Hudson concluded the discussion reflecting on hope for peace, stability, and justice while pledging to maintain regular discussions regarding operation in Tigray under the auspices of the Atlantic Council.

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