Oct 21, 2021

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Analysis: Ethiopia says Tigray IPC 5 report by T.P.L.F supporters; UN chief warns of “hunger-related deaths”, asks evidence for staff expulsion

– United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said that “UN colleagues on the ground keep exchanging alarming eyewitness accounts of the suffering – including growing reports of starvation-related deaths” in the war-torn Tigray regional state.

, Mr Guterres said that under the agenda item “Peace and Security in Africa” ​​shortly after Ethiopia envoys in his briefing to members of the Security Council yesterday during an open meeting of Ethiopia, the UN workers accused of executing “those of the TPLF and theirs.” Members created conspiracy to create an image of extreme causality … “

” In August I warned the council that a humanitarian catastrophe was unfolding before our eyes in Ethiopia. Since then, the crisis has deepened, “Guterres said, adding that” up to 7 million people in Tigray, Amhara and Afar now need food and other emergency aid. This includes more than 5 million people in Tigray, where an estimated 400,000 are living in famine-like conditions. “

The UN chief acknowledged” some minor improvements – they are welcome, “but said that these are fundamental Nature of the problem did not change. Humanitarian organizations still lack the money they need to run them and pay their staff. Access to electricity remains precarious. Millions of people are cut off from communications networks and vital services such as health care. “

The fighting in the regional state of Amhara is another serious barrier to humanitarian access, he said, and” as a result of all of these facts are becoming life-saving humanitarian ones Operations paralyzed “.

This is the second emergency meeting of the UN Security Council in less than a week after Ethiopia put seven high-ranking employees from three humanitarian UN agencies in Ethiopia on persona non grata declared and accused her of “meddling” in his “internal affairs”. Core of the relations between the UN and the member states ”and said that the decision did not follow a“ formal process ”.

Immediately after the Ethiopian UN envoy, Guterres asked Ethiopian
provide the government with evidence of the misconduct of the evicted personnel. “If
there is a written document from the Ethiopian government to order
each UN institution through one of the [seven] members of the UN who
expelled, I would like to receive a copy of this document because I
had no knowledge of it. And it would be very useful
so that I can determine whether documents are being handed over to the UN and not mine
Know then I have to investigate what happened in mine
Organization. ”

At yesterday’s open meeting, Taye Atske Selassie, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the United Nations, said the members of the SC, Ethiopia found it“ incomprehensible that this body made the decision of the one in August sovereign state exercising international law and sovereign prerogatives. “

” We really hoped that councilors would have the understanding to turn this matter over to the government of Ethiopia and the United Nations. First of all, I would like to express our position that the government of Ethiopia is not legally obliged to justify or explain its decisions. “

Ambassador Taye is further charged with the expelled employees “To carry out the conspiracy created by the TPLF and its members to create an image of extreme causality that warrants [‘humanitarian intervention’] and rescues the criminal group. “He also accused them of” setting aside their oaths, professional rules and humanitarian aid principles. ” According to their own words, they wanted to create a Darfur-like situation. You suddenly and overnight created a million health disaster victims. While the OCHA country office reported 2.8 million people in need of emergency medical assistance, OHCA headquarters was forced to report 3.8 million simply because that inflation rate of misery was necessary to bring the crisis to level three. “

He also denied the recent classification of food insecurity in Tigray by the United Nations according to IPC 5. interpreted by two UN employees who are Ethiopians and are open supporters of the TPLF based in Rome. “

It is recalled that in June 2021 the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United World Food Program of Nations (WFP) and UNICEF called for urgent action to address “the dramatic” acute food insecurity in northern Ethiopia meet.

“The three organizations are particularly concerned about the situation in the Tigray region, where the risk of famine is imminent, unless f food h Help, subsistence aid and other life-saving measures will continue to develop, unhindered access is guaranteed and hostilities will cease. ”

According to the FAO statement, the call came in response to the latest Integrated Analysis of the phase Food Safety Classification (IPC) was released on June 10th providing a consensus-based analysis of food insecurity and malnutrition. “

The report found that more than” 60 percent of the population, more than 5.5 million people , with high levels of acute food insecurity (IPC 3–5) in Tigray and the adjacent Amhara and Afar zones. Of these, 2 million people are in the emergency level of acute food insecurity (IPC 4) and could quickly starve to death without urgent action. will increase in September, especially in Tigray, where over 400,000 people are expected to be exposed to catastrophic conditions (IPC 5, disaster) without urgent and unhindered help.