ADDIS ABABA – The government of Ethiopia has asked the WHO and UNESCO to expose TPLF whose fighters ransacked and heavily damaged health and education facilities in Amhara and Afar regions, said Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).
The request was made during discussions Yoseph Kassya, Director-General of International Organizations at the Ministry, with country representatives – Dr. Yumiko Yokozeki of UNESCO and Dr. Boureima H. Sambo of WHO – on Tuesday.
During the discussions, Yoseph expressed the Ethiopia’s concerns 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 UN, 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.
According to MoFA, 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.