The body acknowledged the Ethiopian government’s efforts “to provide humanitarian assistance and to provide increased humanitarian access” but said “humanitarian challenges” remain.
It urged a “restoration of normalcy” to help aid operations and stressed the need for full compliance with international law.
Thousands of civilians are believed to have been killed since November, when Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched a major military operation against the region’s ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), sending in national troops and militia fighters from Ethiopia’s Amhara region.
“The Ethiopian government has indicated its open will for independent investigations to be undertaken in the Tigray region,” the statement added.
‘The conflict is not over’
The UN’s top humanitarian official, Mark Lowcock, told the UNSC in a closed session on April 15, however, that reports of Eritrean soldiers quitting Tigray did not appear to be true.
“Unfortunately, I must say that neither the UN nor any of the humanitarian agencies we work with have seen proof of Eritrean withdrawal,” said Lowcock.
“We have, however, heard some reports of Eritrean soldiers now wearing Ethiopian Defence Force uniforms. And regardless of uniform or insignia, humanitarian staff continue to report new atrocities which they say are being committed by Eritrean Defence Forces.”
Lowcock said that while humanitarian aid was reaching parts of Ethiopia, many remained at risk.
“To be very clear: the conflict is not over and things are not improving. Without a ceasefire, this already grave humanitarian crisis is only going to get a lot worse,” he said.
CNN’s Richard Roth reported from New York and Bethlehem Feleke from Nairobi, while Laura Smith-Spark wrote from London.