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FM Demeke Confers with New UN Under-Secretary-General for OCHA

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 Addis Ababa  (ENA) July 30/2021 Deputy Prime Minister and International Minister Demeke Mekonen conferred with the brand new Below-Secretary-Normal for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Aid Coordinator ( OCHA) Martin Griffiths on Thursday.

The brand new OCHA head is in Ethiopia to change views on the scenario in Tigray, overview the humanitarian help efforts and go to Amhara and Tigray Regional States, based on Ministry of International Affairs.

In the course of the assembly between the 2 sides, Demeke appreciated UNOCHA for productive operations that supported the nationwide humanitarian preparedness and response capability of Ethiopia since 1984.

Nonetheless, the Deputy Prime Minister stated, the engagement of UNOCHA, each on the Headquarters and Nation Workplace ranges, has not been forthcoming for the reason that starting of the legislation enforcement operation within the Tigray Regional State.

On this regard, the incorrect info that continues to be issued by UNOCHA in regards to the scenario in Tigray by means of its statements and reviews is of great concern to the Authorities of Ethiopia, he added.

Talking about present conditions relating to Tigray, Demeke recalled the unilateral humanitarian ceasefire that had been declared to allow farmers to make use of the wet season and supply humanitarian help to individuals in want.

Regardless of this measure taken by the Federal Authorities, the TPLF has chosen the highway to violence and battle to the extent of recruiting kids to bear arms, he stated.

In explaining how the TPLF’s damaging acts obstructed assist,  Demeke stated 170 vehicles that carried meals and non-food objects acquired caught in Semera for weeks on account of provocative assaults by TPLF, though round 40 vehicles began transferring to Mekelle on Wednesday.

Because of recent assaults launched by the TPLF, about 220,000 individuals fled from Afar and Amhara areas, Demeke stated, including that the Authorities of Ethiopia has been offering humanitarian help to those individuals.

The Deputy Prime Minister underscored that OCHA ought to condemn and maintain accountable TPLF for exacerbating conflicts, recruiting and deploying kids, and stopping humanitarian assist from reaching the individuals in want.

The Deputy Prime Minister additionally expressed his confidence that the brand new Below-Secretary-Normal will likely be clear, impartial, and exhibit the very best degree of professionalism in guiding the operation of the Workplace.

The  new Below-Secretary-Normal for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Aid Coordinator (OCHA) Martin Griffithsnew  on his half appreciated all of the help prolonged to OCHA’s operations in Ethiopia and pledged to speak properly and work intently with the federal government of Ethiopia.

He additionally appreciated the initiative taken by the federal authorities of Ethiopia in declaring the unilateral humanitarian ceasefire and famous that the declaration would have been fruitful had it been reciprocated.

The brand new Below-Secretary-Normal additionally expressed his concern over the depletion of sources in Tigray and underscored the necessity to have extra provide traces to the area.

Lastly, Demeke stated the federal government of Ethiopia would do its degree greatest to deal with the issues of humanitarians and keep dedicated to the ceasefire, though new assaults by the TPLF might affect the federal government’s habits.

Following the outcomes of the sixth basic elections,  Demeke stated the brand new authorities which will likely be shaped in September will launch a roadmap to have an inclusive dialogue with stakeholders and incorporate opposition forces within the governing construction.

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