The United Nations on Monday backed an immediate end to hostilities in Ethiopia's Tigray region and a return to peace talks, calling for all sides to protect civilians and adhere to international law as fighting continued, APA reports citing Reuters.
"The situation in Ethiopia is spiraling out of control. Violence and destruction have reached alarming levels," UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told reporters at the United Nations one day after the African Union urged an immediate ceasefire.
"Hostilities in the Tigray region of Ethiopia must end now," he said, adding: "There is no military solution."
Guterres said the UN was ready to support the African Union in every possible way to end the "nightmare" for the Ethiopian people, noting that "civilians are paying a horrific price" amid indiscriminate attacks and reported attacks, including sexual violence.