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Ethiopia expels 7 senior UN officials

 International Desk

 Published: 03:54 PM, 1 October 2021   Updated: 03:56 PM, 1 October 2021

Ethiopia expels 7 senior UN officials

Ethiopia expels 7 senior UN officials

The Ethiopian government has ordered the expulsion of seven senior UN officials from the country for “meddling” in its internal affairs.

The move on Thursday came as humanitarian workers have been sounding the alarm about limited access to the embattled Tigray region, which has been racked by conflict for nearly 11 months.

The seven officials, who include individuals from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), have been declared “persona non grata” and given 72 hours to leave the country, a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday.

It is learned that five of the sacked are from UNOCHA while one each from UNICEF and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was “shocked” by the expulsion, the UN spokesperson Stephanie Tremblay told a news briefing.

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