New UNESCO, FAO Representatives Take Offices

ADDIS ABABA – The newly appointed country representatives of UNESCO and FAO presented credentials to the Government of Ethiopia on Thursday.

Rita Bissoonauth and Farayi Zimudzi have been deployed as chiefs of UNESCO and FAO Missions in Ethiopia, respectively.

The two women presented their credentials to Demeke Atnafu, Director of Protocol Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign affairs, in two separate meetings.

Their arrival takes the number of country representatives of the UN agencies deployed in Ethiopia this week to three after the new IOM Ethiopia chief, Abibatou Wane, assumed office on Tuesday.

On Thursday, Director of Protocol Affairs Demeke welcomed the new representatives of FAO and UNESCO, and briefed them about the current state of affairs in Ethiopia.

His briefings covered the conflict in northern Ethiopia, and the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

The Director of Protocol Affairs called on the international community to condemn the unwarranted new wave of attacks launched by the TPLF, according to the MoFA’s statement.

He further reaffirming the Ethiopian government’s commitment to the African Union-led peace process.

Regarding GERD, Demeke said Ethiopia is building the hydroelectric Dam for the sake of development, not to cause significant harm to downstream countries, stating Addis Ababa’s commitment to negotiate outstanding issues on GERD under the auspices of the African Union.

Ethiopia always follows international norms to avoid causing significant harm to downstream states and to use the Nile Basin water resources in an equitable and reasonable manner, Director of Protocol Affairs added.