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Ethiopia exposes unconstructive actions of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

Statement on humanitarian flight arrangements to Tigray
The Government of Ethiopia repeatedly affirmed that it would closely work with Humanitarian operators following its bold and magnanimous declaration of the Unilateral Humanitarian Ceasefire in Tigray. Although the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority has closed the northern part of airspace for all kinds of flights below flight level 290 since 30/05/21, the Ethiopian Government has announced on Monday, July 5, 2021, that it gave special permission to fly for all interested parties to provide humanitarian services in the Tigray region while the airspace closure is going on.
In this regard, the Government of Ethiopia would like to underscore that it has not denied any request for a flight of goods and passengers to the Tigray Region. In fact, The WFP has requested flight permission yesterday for two airplanes that intend to fly passengers to the Tigray Region.
To better facilitate such requests, the Federal Government issued guidelines containing instructions and information that humanitarian operators should strictly adhere to to get permission from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia and other pertinent bodies. In this regard, the Government has clearly stated that all flights coming from abroad or domestic airports in Ethiopia must first land at Addis Ababa airport before proceeding to Tigray. Flights coming from the prohibited airspace must also land at Addis Ababa airport before proceeding abroad or a domestic airport in Ethiopia.
As detailed in the guidelines, all operators must submit and get approval for flight details, such as flight number, type of aircraft, the purpose of the flight, details of passenger, and type of cargo before conducting flight operations. It is also stated that standard search shall be conducted at Addis Ababa Bole international airport on all departing and arriving aircraft, cargos, passengers, crews, and including bulky cargos which might need dismantling for search and screening. The federal Government also requires all passenger and cargo airplane flights to carry people or equipment related to only humanitarian aid missions.
Despite the above-stated arrangements and the Federal Government’s willingness to work closely with humanitarian operators, some reports, mistakenly or otherwise, have continued to misinform the international community as if the Government of Ethiopia has been obstructing flights into the Tigray region.
In this regard, the Government of Ethiopia has written a letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations protesting the unconstructive actions of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) that do not commensurate with the fruitful and productive relations that Ethiopia has built with the organization since 1984. The federal Government believes that the engagement of the UNOCHA, through its inaccurate reports and statements in depicting the situation in Tigray, has not been helpful and constructive since the beginning of the law enforcement operation in the Tigray Regional State.
The Federal Government also is under the impression that OCHA’s statements and reports seem to be framed to encourage and compliment the TPLF that have continued to fuel misperception and led the international community to misconstrue the situation in the region. It is also revealing that the Office continues to refer to the outlawed group, which the Ethiopian parliament categorized as a terrorist organization, as the Tigrayan Defense Force (TDF). The Government of Ethiopia would like to request the Office to refrain from issuing biased and misleading statements and take corrective action soon to avoid detrimental effects on the longstanding cooperation between the Ethiopian Government and the organization.
The Federal Government of Ethiopia would like to announce that details of the guidelines on the flight arrangements to the Tigray Region will soon be communicated to all stakeholders and interested parties, and the public via appropriate channels.
Ethiopia foreign Ministry
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  1. Hello Everyone!!! Shhhhhhhhh! I am whispering to you. Keep the noise down. BBC has not said anything new about Ethiopia for days until today. Finally it seems that well paid activist reporters at BBC have got Ethiopia off its case for a moment. Shhhhhhh!!!! Baby BBC is having its beauty rest. Quiet!!!! Please join me while I am humming with Nolwenn Leroy’s lullaby ‘Song of The Sea’ that goes like:

    Hush now, mo stóirín
    Close your eyes and sleep
    Waltzing the waves
    Diving in the deep

    Now join me in the soothing chorus:

    Oh won’t you come with me
    Where the moon is made of gold
    And in the morning sun
    We’ll be sailing!!!

    Shhhhhhhhh!!! Baby, see ya in the morning!!! Shhhhhhhhh!!!!

    My yaazamaan sahibi from Al-Qahirah just shot me an email telling me how el-Sisi and his lieutenants are hopping mad about BBC saying nothing damaging about the old country for days. They are accusing BBC of dereliction duty and demand an immediate refund of millions they had poured in the pockets of every activist BBC reporter.

    For now there is ‘Do Not Disturb. Baby Napping’ sign on the door. Nolwenn! Hit it!!!

    Castles in the sand
    Cradles in the trees
    Don’t cry, I’ll see you by and by


  2. It is miracle that USA government, UN and other nations keep silent as TPLF group uses those teenagers age under 18 for the war. Instead of insisting Ethiopian governments on many ways, why as per UN charters and humanitarian laws they make TPLF group liable for all these messes, civil crimes, genocides and mass murders? US Biden Administration, UN and other nations have seriously to scrutinize the propaganda disseminate by TPLF in Reuters, BBC, CNN and others and they have to make any necessary actions to disarm the groups and handover to Ethiopia government. All have to be on the side of Ethiopian peoples in order to place peace and stability. These all messes arose due to deliberate support and wrong foreign policy of USA others for TPLF group.

    Ethiopian government shall aggressively now make diplomatic lobbying and persistent press release on TPLF crimes; like TPLF using of under ages teenagers for wars (by video pictures) and others also and unless Ethiopia government do serious military actions once and for all, the consequence will be dangerous for all.

    Long live to Ethiopia!!

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