The prime minister said the country appreciates the concerns of the international community.
“I would, however, like to stress that Ethiopia is very much capable and willing to resolve this situation in accordance with its laws and its international obligations,” read a statement from his office.
Mr Abiy said the country “rejects any interference in our internal affairs” and asked the international community to “respect the fundamental principles of non-intervention under international law”.
He tweeted his full statement:
Adherence to the Principle of Non-Intervention in Internal Affairs pic.twitter.com/WJueoVi3rR
— Abiy Ahmed Ali 🇪🇹 (@AbiyAhmedAli) November 25, 2020
The statement comes amid concerns from the UN about possible war crimes after a threat by the Ethiopian army to start an assault on Tigray’s capital Mekelle.
A deadline set by the government for fighters in the region to surrender is due to expire on Wednesday.
Fighting between the government and regional forces in Tigray has been going on for three weeks.
Hundreds have reportedly been killed and tens of thousands have fled.