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UN recalls Ethiopia official for commenting on Tigray conflict

2021-10-11T21:08:44.901Z

The UN's International Organization for Migration (IOM) has placed its official in Ethiopia on administrative leave, due to "no interviews ...



The UN's International Organization for Migration (IOM) has placed its official in Ethiopia on administrative leave, due to

"unauthorized interviews"

in which she complains of being sidelined by her superiors, who 'it presents as favorable to the rebels of the region of Tigray (northern Ethiopia).

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The sanction against Maureen Achieng, IOM chief of mission in Ethiopia, confirmed in a letter dated Monday and consulted by AFP, comes after the recent expulsion by the Ethiopian authorities of seven senior UN officials accused of '

' interference in the internal affairs "

of Ethiopia. Tigray has been the scene of fighting since November, when Abiy Ahmed, Nobel Peace Prize 2019, sent the Ethiopian army there to overthrow the regional authorities from the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), a long-ruling party. in Addis Ababa, which he accuses of orchestrating attacks against federal military camps.

The region has since suffered what the UN describes as a

"de facto humanitarian blockade"

, fueling fears of a large-scale famine, like what Ethiopia had experienced in the 1980s. In recent days , several recordings had appeared on the internet, in which Maureen Achieng and another senior UN official spoke at length with Jeff Pearce, a writer who published several articles defending the Ethiopian government's waging of the war against the TPLF.

In these recordings, Maureen Achieng fiercely attacks colleagues who

“fell”

on the Ethiopian government when the war started and, she says, sidelined UN officials on the ground.

She describes the TPLF as

"dirty"

and

"cruel"

, expressing the wish never to return to Tigray.

On Monday, IOM Director General Antonio Vitorino said in a letter that

“opinions attributed in audio recordings to a member of staff do not correspond to IOM principles and should in no way be viewed as expressing the position of the IOM ”

.

Source: lefigaro

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