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UN chief ‘shocked’ by expulsion of UN officials from Ethiopia

UN engaging with Ethiopian government in expectation that expelled staff will continue their work, says Antonio Guterres

Servet Gunerigok
Sept.30.09.2021

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Thursday he “was shocked” at the expulsion of seven senior UN officials by Ethiopia for “meddling in internal affairs.”

The UN chief said all UN humanitarian operations are guided by the core principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence.

“In Ethiopia, the UN is delivering lifesaving aid – including food, medicine, water, and sanitation supplies – to people in desperate need. I have full confidence in the UN staff who are in Ethiopia doing this work,” Guterres said in a statement.

He noted the UN is committed to helping Ethiopians who he said rely on humanitarian assistance.

“We are now engaging with the Government of Ethiopia in the expectation that the concerned UN staff will be allowed to continue their important work,” he said.

Earlier, Ethiopia ordered the UN officials to leave the country within 72 hours.

According to a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, staffers from different UN organizations have been declared “persona non grata” for “meddling in the internal affairs” of the nation.

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The statement did not provide further details but the declaration was made in connection with the agencies’ operations in Ethiopia’s northernmost region of Tigray.

A region of 5.5 million people, Tigray came under intense international spotlight after an armed conflict began between the federal government and forces of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

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  1. No this is just uncalled for. Now expect one back breaking sanction after another. This is not right. What was their crime? Is that because of what Guterres recently said? This expulsion is gonna make the chief’s allegations look were true. It also shows that PM Abiy’s administration slowly and surely that it is giving up on its diplomatic effort. This is going to prove that it is miserably falling short in the diplomatic affairs. It attests that its diplomatic corps is staffed with inept individuals unqualified for the job. They were given the job just because someone at higher position had strong connection with them. It makes me wish if those diplomatic during the late emperor’s are still around. For good or bad those diplomatic did their job effectively and thoroughly. This expulsion makes me and the rest of the world think that the government there has something egregious to hide. I tell you what. Debre and his operatives just won a huge jackpot from this dismissal.

  2. BTW, those of you guys in UAE and Oman or others who plan to travel there should keep an eye on the weather. There is a cyclone(hurricane) heading that way this weekend and it will bring very heavy rainfall. This is a very rare weather phenomenon for that part of the peninsula.

  3. I for one commended the Ethiopian ministry of foreign affairs and the government of Ethiopia on their decision to expel these seven UN diplomats who were working day and night to help TPLF on its feet again. There was no doubt that all the UN entities were working in concert with their financier the USA, Europeans, and their media outlets to resuscitate TPLF from its demise against Ethiopians will. These UN agency staffers were the ones who send false narratives, biased and grim pictures of the situation on the ground to their western media outlets purposely to inflict huge damage to Ethiopia and Ethiopians just because the government is defending its right and fight back the TPLF that was waging war against Ethiopians. These institutions were the ones who tried hard to create multi-faceted enormous pressure on the Ethiopian government to negotiate with terrorist TPLF. Such false reports claims and exaggerated numbers were the basis of their sanctions. They always put the blame squarely on the government while they turn a blind eye to atrocities perpetrated by TPLF. The expelled UN officials were sending a false, one-sided, unsubstantiated, and biased report, a tune that pleases the ears of the USA and to the UN. No impartiality, no neutrality at all as the UN chief claims. Based on these officer’s reports on the ground, in the name of humanity and life-saving supports, they were working against the Ethiopian government to please their masters. Ethiopians were treated unfairly, and shouldn’t bow for their hand-outs and surplus wheat and if there is an embargo and successive sanctions, be it. After the Ethiopian parliament designated this butcher organization as a terrorist, the USA wants the Ethiopian government to negotiate with TPLF, so they could have an errand boy in the government that could fight the Chinese influence in Africa on their behalf. ለሰለባ የመጣ ልብስ ቢጥሉለት አይመለስ፡፡ The sanctions will be there one way or the other, their ultimate goal is to fight Chinese influence and to remove Ethiopian defiant government that stands on their way to the raw materials and minerals that also could set a bad example to other Africans. We, Ethiopians should fight back and should create our own Adwa on the aggressors.

  4. Nowadays, as the days of TPLF are counting, everywhere you go, TPLF remnants are there going up and down to expose Ethiopia to the already paralyzed western world, masters of TPLF. This does not work neither for TPLF nor for the highly disliked western pact. Long live truth and the rest of the world who stood for the truth. Ethiopia has the truth on its side. Abiy Ahmed with his OROMUMA pact can play dirty politics. But by any measurement TPLF is the most dangerous force in Ethiopia now. Therefore, it must be eliminated once and for all. The rest we hope will be manageable or easily avoidable.
    The seven UN personnel expelled from Ethiopia must immediately leave the country and collect their huge pays from TPLF through their respective addresses out of Ethiopia. They must not be allowed to hurt us. For that matter the broken diplomatic capability of Ethiopia will be maintained by assigning qualified people, not assigning diplomats by race which TPLF did it for 27 years and Ormuma continued too. Let all know that like any other trapped country by the Western world, we Ethiopians also learn from our mistakes including not to give any chance any more for TPLF. TPLF must be eliminated from all corners of Ethiopia including from Tigray, a region used to be the backbone of Ethiopia. .

  5. 1/ Remember UN is infested with a history of rape, smuggling, arms sale and delivery.
    2/ Remember Tplf has planted its cadres everywhere to come alive in times like this; Mehari Maru, etc are piping how cruel this decision is!
    3/ No one is talking about 400 + UN trucks not returning to base but in fact used to transport Tplf militia to Amhara, Afar and Wollo to do their destruction.
    4/ Ethiopian government decision is the right decision. Problem? No PR follow-up, thus allowing Tplf and supporters to rub in accusation of “starving population” the very thing they have made almost impossible!
    5/ Eth gov should post evidence of UN staff involvement! Or invite international agencies and reporters to provide evidence!

  6. Hummmmmm, UN vowing now??????????????????????????????????? You see what a mess is doing in this bullshit UN officials & their allies? It is not a surprise for actions but it is too late for expulsion. They have to be investigated and be use on international criminal court as they have done so many sabotages on supporting one rebellion and terrorist group TPLF. UN files on supporting this group has to be investigated by independent group.

    Though they try to make imposition on Ethiopia, the government of Ethiopia has to keep its stands and position until TPLF vanished from holy land of Ethiopia.

    Thanks for Russia, China, India and other countries who are fighting in UN meeting for prevalence of truth. No more game by them with your effort shortly the balance of power to lead UN will shift to genuine and honest countries, as it is time to say spade-is-spade for their bullshit policies.

    Long live to Ethiopia!!

  7. Correction typing,

    Hummmmmm, UN vowing now??????????????????????????????????? You see what a mess is doing in this bullshit UN officials & their allies? It is not a surprise for actions but it is too late for expulsion. UN in general has to be investigated and be sue on international criminal court as they have done so many sabotages on supporting one rebellion and terrorist group TPLF. UN files on supporting this group has to be investigated by independent group.

    Though they try to make imposition on Ethiopia, the government of Ethiopia has to keep its stands and position until TPLF vanished from holy land of Ethiopia.

    Thanks for Russia, China, India and other countries who are fighting in UN meeting for prevalence of truth. No more game by them with your effort shortly the balance of power to lead UN will shift to genuine and honest countries, as it is time to say spade-is-spade for their bullshit policies.

    Long live to Ethiopia!!

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