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Quigley Delivers Floor Speech Addressing Conflict in Ethiopia

Sep 23, 2021
Press Release

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, spoke from the floor of the House of Representatives to condemn the conflict in the Tigray region of Ethiopia and to call for a ceasefire agreement between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front and the Ethiopian National Defense Force. Since November 2020, conflict between the two groups has led to more than two million of Tigray's six million people fleeing their homes, nearly 400,000 people facing famine-like conditions, and reports of ethnic cleansing against Tigrayans.

Quigley’s speech comes one day after President Joe Biden condemned human rights violations in Northern Ethiopia during his address before the United Nations General Assembly.

Video of Quigley’s speech is available HERE and the text of his speech as prepared for delivery is available below:

I rise today to discuss the on-going conflict taking place in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.

For over 10 months, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the Ethiopian National Defense Force have clashed in and around Tigray.

The TPLF and the Ethiopian government must come to a true ceasefire agreement and move towards peace.

The people of Ethiopia are suffering in the most horrific ways imaginable… Starvation, murder, rape as a weapon of war, and other crimes against humanity.

They are losing their lives, homes, and security.

Now is not the time to bicker about where fault lies, with both parties blaming the other for varied and heinous crimes.

Innocent civilians are suffering as a result of this brutal conflict, and both the TPLF and Ethiopian government must put the good of the people first.

It is time that we address the needs of the suffering Ethiopian people by prioritizing refugee visas, aid that actually reaches displaced persons, and we must support peace in the region.

Thank you and I yield back.