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Ethiopia accuses WHO chiefs of connecting with Tigrinya rebels

The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has called on the World Health Organization (WHO) to investigate leaders who support rebels fighting the Ethiopian government.
WHO Secretary-General Tedros Adhanom Gebreez, formerly Ethiopia’s Minister of Health and Foreign Affairs, said earlier this week that aid to his hometown of Tigray, where rebels are fighting the central government, has been hampered.
“Tedros Adhanom’s moral, legal and professional position threatened WHO’s organizational position,” Ethiopia said in a statement late Thursday. “He disseminated harmful and false information, jeopardizing WHO’s reputation, independence and credibility, apparent from postings on social media.”
WHO said in an email reply to Reuters’ request for comment that it was aware that the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs had sent a diplomatic communication called a note verbale.
“We continue to urge the Ethiopian government to grant access to humanitarian supplies and services to 7 million people living in Tigray, Ethiopia,” WHO said.
“WHO and its partners have repeatedly sought urgent and unobstructed access to the supply and service of humane heath to the people of Tigray.”
The government denied blocking aid and accused the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) rebels of recruiting previously sent trucks.
Ethiopian Army officials have previously accused Tedros of trying to procure weapons and diplomatic support for the TPLF.
He denied it.
Thousands were killed in a conflict in Tigray that spread to two adjacent areas in northern Ethiopia before Tigray’s troops were forced to retreat to Tigray in December.
The United Nations states that the government is implementing a de facto blockade of humanitarian aid to Tigray. There are no trucks in this area since December 15th.
More than 90% of the population needs food aid, doctors told Reuters last week that many people, including malnourished children, have died because they are not allowed to bring medicine to Tigray.
Tedros tweeted on Thursday: [email protected] & Partners want secure, unobstructed access to provide humanitarian assistance to millions of people in great need. “
WHO said its main call and the call of the international community is to access affected people and for all parties to take political action to achieve peace and security.
“This also applies to Tigray and other parts of northern Ethiopia,” he said.
Ethiopia’s Foreign Ministry said Tedros was unable to show integrity and professionalism and was a member of the TPLF, which dominated Ethiopia’s politics for nearly 30 years before Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was appointed in 2018.
“Tedros encourages the TPLF in its involvement with the media and celebrates its presumed military success, in addition to engaging in selective anger that discriminately addresses Ethiopian humanitarian concerns. “The ministry said.
After the outbreak of the war in November 2020, the government designated the TPLF as a terrorist group.
The Tigrinya Tedros was a member of the TPLF.
Abby also served as intelligence director under the former TPLF-led government.
Tedros was elected WHO’s first African Secretary in May 2017 with strong support from Ethiopia and Africa.
He ran again in October as the only candidate.
Ethiopia withheld its support and 28 other countries appointed Tedros for a second five-year term.

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