Recent EU Resolution on Ethiopia Biased & Unacceptable, says Demke

ADDIS ABABA – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Ethiopia, Demeke Mekonnen has called the recent European Union (EU) Resolution on Ethiopia biased and unacceptable.

The Foreign Minister expressed his country’s view of the resolution during a telephone conversation he had with his Slovenian counterpart, Anže Logar, on Friday.

The EU Parliament adopted the resolution last week demanding an “immediate cessation of hostilities by all parties” in northern Ethiopia and urging the UN Security Council “to consider deploying UN peacekeepers to the region”, among many others, according to media reports.

Demeke told Logar that the resolution was unacceptable since it is unjustified and biased that overlooked facts on the ground, according to a statement the Ethiopian Foreign ministry issued after the phone conversation.

Slovenia currently holds the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU.

The FM briefed Logar about the current situation in Northern Ethiopia and the efforts being undertaken by the Ethiopian government to deliver humanitarian support to Tigray, said to the ministry of foreign affairs in a statement issued after the conversation.

The FM also explained in detail the attacks carried out by the Tplf in the Amhara and Afar Regions and how it destroyed the livelihood of civilians in the two regions.

Tplf is diverting the more than 420 trucks that entered Tigray to deliver humanitarian aid for military purposes, he told Slovenian FM, adding the Tplf should stop its fighting and attacks on civilians.

The FM also briefed the Minister on the Ethiopian government’s rationale to expel the seven UN staff from the country for meddling in its internal affairs.

The Logar thanked Demeke for the briefing, and said, as the current chair of the EU commission, he has concerns on the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia and the ongoing fighting, the statement concluded.

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