WASHINGTON, DC, 6 November 2020 – The former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Ambassador Herman Cohen, has added his voice to warnings by Western diplomats against the increasingly loud beating of war drums in Addis Ababa.

The government of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy has deplored the army to Tigray allegedly to subdue his former political allies – turned foes – the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF).

On Thursday, P.M. Abiy said the military operations will continue.

“Ethiopian P.M. Abiy is fooling himself if he believes his inexperienced army can defeat hardened TPLF military, even with Eritrean support,” Ambassador Cohen wrote Friday on Twitter.

Citing P.M. Abiy, Al Jazeera reported Friday that the Ethiopian Air Force had bombed arms depots and destroyed military hardware in Tigray region earlier on Friday

Ambassador Cohen added: “To keep Ethiopia united, it must be truly decentralized through unprecedented constitutional dialogue.”

Ambassador Cohen was U.S. Assistant Secretary of State from 1989 to 1993.

He played a leading role in negotiations leading to the birth of Eritrea following years of war with Ethiopia. He was also involved in negotiating peace in Angola and Mozambique.

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