U.S. officials have warned Ethiopia that Washington could impose sanctions on it if the report of the use of Ethiopian Airlines planes to transport weapons is confirmed.
CNN quoted a senior US official as saying, “These allegations are very serious, and it may constitute a possible violation of the Chicago Convention (on International Civil Aviation). The use of civilian planes to transport military equipment contradicts the rules and endangers passenger planes. in the world. “.
He added that the United States will not refrain from using all the tools at its disposal to stop the conflict in Ethiopia, including by imposing sanctions on those responsible for the conflict.
He said: “We have the capacities to impose sanctions and we are ready to use them, as well as other available tools, our evidence against those who prolong the tragedy of Tigray”.
Another official said the White House was studying what was stated in the report, adding that if this was true it was “a cause for concern, and Ethiopia is jeopardizing the reputation of its domestic airlines.” .
CNN reported on Wednesday that Ethiopian authorities had used the national airline’s planes to transport weapons to and from Eritrea during the early months of the conflict in the Tigray region, which sparked a serious humanitarian crisis.
Ethiopian Airlines said it fully complies with all national, regional and international aviation rules and has not carried any weapons or military equipment on board its planes.