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Ethiopia Expels Irish Diplomats as EU, UK Citizens Urged to Flee Civil War | ኢትዮጵያ የአየርላንድ ዲፕሎማቶችን አባረረች

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on November 24, 2021

💭 ኢትዮጵያ የአየርላንድ ዲፕሎማቶችን አባረረች። የአውሮፓ ህብረት እና የእንግሊዝ ዜጎች የኢትዮጵያን የእርስ በርስ ጦርነትን እንዲሸሹ ጥሪ ቀረበላቸው።

Irish Foreign Minister Coveney says Ethiopia has blocked his planned visit as he highlights government forces’ human rights abuses.

Ethiopia is kicking out most of Ireland’s diplomatic staff in retaliation for Irish criticism of human rights abuses committed by government forces fighting Tigray rebels, Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said Wednesday.

Coveney made his announcement as many Western nations, including the U.K., France and Ireland, called on their citizens still living and working in Ethiopia to leave the country quickly as Tigray rebels edge closer to the capital, Addis Ababa.

In London, Minister for Africa Vicky Ford said Ethiopia’s security was “deteriorating quickly” and could force the Addis Ababa airport to shut.

“I am urging all British nationals — whatever their circumstance — to leave immediately while commercial flights are readily available,” Ford said, adding that those who choose to stay should prepare “to shelter in a place of safety over the coming weeks.”

Coveney agreed that the approximately 80 Irish citizens in Ethiopia — Ireland’s largest recipient of foreign aid — should leave before flights “become a problem.”

He said Ethiopia’s embattled government “has decided to target Ireland” because it led the push for the United Nations Security Council’s November 5 statement seeking a ceasefire in Ethiopia. Ireland has a seat on the 15-member council until the end of 2022.

Four of the Irish embassy’s six staff have been ordered to leave Addis Ababa and Ireland is complying, he said.

Irish Ambassador Nicola Brennan and one other staffer would stay in Ethiopia for now to aid Irish citizens’ own exits, Coveney said, but the Irish government already has plans in place for both “to leave quickly should they need to.”

Coveney said he had hoped to visit Addis Ababa in early December to appeal directly to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for his government “to focus on dialogue rather than war.” He said Ethiopia also had rejected his proposed trip.

He said Ireland would continue to use its Security Council seat to press Abiy “to guarantee humanitarian access to parts of Ethiopia that desperately need it.” He said Ireland was determined “to expose the human rights abuses happening there, in particular the use of sexual violence as a tool of conflict, essentially mass rape.”

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Tigrayan Fighters Capture Thousands of Fascist Abiy Ahmed’s Soldiers

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on November 24, 2021

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