Ethiopia urges UNESCO, WHO to condemn damages by TPLF

Ethiopia urges UNESCO, WHO to condemn damages by TPLF

An official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia who met officials of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday urged the agencies to condemn the terrorist acts of TPLF that caused heavy damages on the health facilities, schools, and world heritages sites found in Ethiopia.

The Director-General for International Organizations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Mr. Yoseph Kassyae on Tuesday held discussions with the representatives of the UNESCO, Dr. Yumiko Yokozeki, and WHO, Dr. Boureima H. Sambo.

During the discussions, the Director-General expressed the concerns of the Government of Ethiopia over the reluctance of these agencies in revealing the damages caused by the TPLF terrorist group in Tigray, Amhara, and the Afar Regional States on the country’s cultural heritage and health facilities.

The destruction and looting of properties, including economic, social, and cultural assets by the TPLF have been a source of serious concern, said the Director-General, adding that the failure by the international community to condemn these terrorist acts emboldened TPLF to cause further plunder and damages.

He also said that Ethiopia, as a founding member of the United Nations, has long-standing relations with all agencies of the Organization and thus expects these agencies to undertake their activities impartially, and speak out publicly about the destructions occurred by the terrorist group.

The heads of the two organizations in Ethiopia thanked the Director-General for the candid discussion they have had with him and pledged to take Ethiopia’s concerns seriously given their primary responsibilities in protecting cultural sites and the wellbeing of the people of Ethiopia.