SEATTLE, WA – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement after President Biden signed an Executive Order to address the ongoing conflict in northern Ethiopia.
“The ongoing conflict in northern Ethiopia has created one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world, and I am glad to see the Biden-Harris administration take additional steps to urge an end to this violence. It is critical that all parties to the conflict immediately move towards a negotiated ceasefire and political resolution. The United States, African Union, United Nations, and other international parties continue to provide ample opportunities to facilitate this dialogue. In addition, actions that inhibit the flow of humanitarian aid must end and telecommunications and other basic services should be restored. 
“The violence must stop now. I fully support the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to help bring a resolution to this conflict, hold leaders of all parties to the conflict accountable, and restore humanitarian aid to those who so desperately need it.”