The United Nations Secretary-General said in a statement on Thursday night that Ethiopia was “shocked” by the decision to expel the top officials of the organization.
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed concern over the Ethiopian government’s order to expel seven individuals from various positions in the United Nations.
In a letter to the United Nations regarding the government’s decision, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ordered the individuals to leave Ethiopia within 72 hours, citing interference in the country’s internal affairs.
In his statement, the Secretary-General recalled that all UN humanitarian activities are governed by humanity, impartiality, impartiality and independence. He said his organization is providing life-saving assistance to those in need in Ethiopia such as food, medicine, water and sanitation.
“I am confident that the UN staff is doing the same in Ethiopia,” he said. He said the UN is keen to help Ethiopians in need of humanitarian assistance.
“We are in talks with the Ethiopian government to ensure that the relevant UN staff continue their work,” Guterres said.
In a letter to the United Nations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the individuals had intervened in the country’s affairs and ordered them to leave Ethiopia within 72 hours.
The government ordered them to leave the country within 72 hours
- United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Ethiopia Representative Adel Hoder
- Marci Vigoda, Head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
- United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Peace and Development Office
- Saeed Mohamed Hersi, Deputy Head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
- Sonie Onyegbula, head of the UN Monitoring Group
- Grant Leitey, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Ethiopia, and
- Gada Eltahir Mudawi, United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator
In a letter, the ministry asked the individuals to leave the country within three days, as the Ethiopian government would not allow them to remain in the country because they were involved in the country’s internal affairs.
He has been accused by international organizations and Western countries of exerting undue pressure on humanitarian aid in the wake of a year-long civil war in the Tigray region.
Western governments, NGOs, and the United Nations have repeatedly accused the government of obstructing relief efforts in Tigray.
The United Nations says the Tigray region is under an unofficial humanitarian embargo, and Martin Griffiths, the agency’s head of humanitarian affairs, said there was a possibility of famine in the region earlier this week.
He also called on the Ethiopian government to allow aid trucks to enter Tigray.
In response to a UN mission in Ethiopia, the New York-based United Nations dismissed the allegations as “baseless.”
Aid agencies are also facing a shortage of aid trucks due to the failure of trucks to deliver aid to Tigray, ”Reuters reported.
In a letter to the United Nations on Thursday afternoon, the Ethiopian government did not elaborate, but ordered officials to leave the country within the stipulated time frame.
The individuals who have been ordered to leave Ethiopia within 72 hours work for various UN agencies, five with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), one with UNICEF, and one with senior positions at the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. .
It is to be recalled that the Ethiopian government has been complaining about the activities of individuals working in various international organizations.
According to the BBC, a senior UN refugee agency official was transferred to another country a few months ago following a complaint.
Matthias Le Rutee, who has been the organization’s deputy representative for more than a year, was transferred from Ethiopia to another country following complaints from the government.