FM Confers with Assistant High Commissioner of UN Refugee Agency

ADDIS ABABA – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen met UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Refugees, Rauf Mazou, and his delegation in Addis Ababa.

In a statement, the ministry of foreign affairs said Demeke briefed Mazou on the current status of refugees in Ethiopia, including the dramatic increments of internally displaced people due to the actions of the TPLF.

During the meeting held on Friday, Demeke recalled the atrocities that Eritrean refugees in Tigray had faced in the hands of the TPLF and the status of the newly built refugee camps for Eritrean refugees in the Amhara region, reads the statement.

He also expressed concerns over the activities of some of the Ethiopian refugees in Sudanese camps who exploited their refugee status to escape responsibility for the crimes that they committed in Ethiopia and to resume their assaults on the country.

The High Commissioner note Demeke’s concern and pledged to cooperate with the government to address the issues and further share responsibilities in supporting refugees in Ethiopia, the statement concludes.