September 16, 2019
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 In Situation in Tigray

Country: India
Delegate Name: Samhith Ginjupalli

The situation in Tigray stems from one conflict: the disagreement between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front and the Ethiopian government. This delicate matter is on the brink of civil war and perhaps one of the worst humanitarian crises in recent history. The Tigray Peoples’ Liberation party was the former ruling party of Ethiopia, now labeled a terrorist organization by the government under Prime Minster Aiby Ahmed. After their loss in the 2018 elections, the region’s sovereignty was severely limited, losing its parliament, security, and, most significantly at this time of crisis, its right to secede from Ethiopia. This led the TPLF to rebel against the ruling party, and thus put in danger the Tigray region and its citizens. After months of turmoil, the Ethiopian government has now barred food trucks and humanitarian aid from reaching distressed citizens and has led to a humanitarian crisis in the region.

The country of India, though neutral in this conflict, did call on the “Ethiopian Government to sustain the ceasefire and find a way to address this conflict in a manner that serves the interests of all of its people in line with the federal constitutional provisions”.The country of India urges that humanitarian aid be provided to those in need, though we do recognize that Ethiopia has the right to deal with its own internal conflicts. We have been closely monitoring the situation and have provided many resources to the citizens of Tigray as we hope for this conflict to come to an end.

The country of India urges the UNSC to come together for our first formal meeting regarding this topic. All previous discussions have been deemed informal and not open discussions and thus no solution was able to be drafted. The Country of India once again urges the UNSC’s members to come together to draft a resolution that may provide a peaceful solution to both Ethiopia and the citizens of the Tigray region. We wish to see Tigray’s citizens safe and sound and provided with the aid and resources that they require.

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