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Moscow (Sputnik) – The High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union, Josep Borrell, has strongly condemned the expulsion of seven United Nations officials from Ethiopia.
The European Union and its Member States strongly condemn the decision taken by the Government of #Ethiopia to expel seven @a Officials, in addition to the constant daily obstacles to providing assistance to those in need # tigray and other parts of the North #Ethiopia. https://t.co/nEf4KFRy4m
– Josep Borrell Fontelles (@JosepBorrellF) October 5, 2021
In a statement issued last night, the head of European diplomacy warned that this decision could “further undermine the possibility of providing relief to millions of Ethiopians in desperate humanitarian situations.”
Borrell urged the government of Ethiopia to reverse its decision immediately and called on all parties to the conflict to protect humanitarian workers and provide them with free and safe access, in accordance with international law.
On September 30, Ethiopia announced the expulsion of seven United Nations officials, including representatives of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), and the High Commissioner for Human Rights (Aknoda), for allegedly interfering in Ethiopia’s internal affairs.
November 13, 2020, 14:25 GMT
According to Addis Ababa, these officials spread disinformation, politicized humanitarian aid and diverted equipment to armed factions affiliated with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, a rebel movement operating in northern Ethiopia.
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