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In a Rare Move, China Joins U.S. in UN Statement Calling For Ceasefire in Ethiopia

File image of the United Nations Security Council. John Minchillo / POOL / AFP

The 15-member United Nations Security Council achieved rare consensus on Friday when it issued a statement that called on the warring parties in Ethiopia to halt fighting and engage in ceasefire talks.

Both China and Russia have pushed back against U.S.-led efforts for stronger action by the Security Council on the grounds that Beijing considers the conflict in Ethiopia to be an internal affair and any intervention or sanctions by the UN would violate the country’s sovereignty.

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