WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Tuesday released the following statement on Ethiopia’s declaration of a ceasefire in the Tigray region after eight months of conflict:

“Eight months of conflict have pushed millions into one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. I’m glad to see a ceasefire announced in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. That ceasefire should be extended across the country and made permanent, Eritrean troops withdrawn, and an independent international investigation of human rights abuses conducted. All parties to the conflict need to ensure humanitarian aid workers can operate freely throughout the country to reach millions on the brink of famine. A successful transition to a more democratic and inclusive society in Ethiopia is critical to U.S. interests,” said Murphy.