KATHMANDU : The United Nations says Ethiopia has expelled seven of its officials from the conflict-torn Tigris region.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed grave concern over the deepening humanitarian crisis and famine in Ethiopia.
Ethiopia has expelled seven UN officials, accusing them of meddling in internal affairs, and banned them from providing humanitarian aid to the conflict-torn Tigris region. But Secretary-General Guterres has made it clear that Ethiopia has no right to make that decision. According to the United Nations, 5.2 million people are waiting for humanitarian assistance in the Tigrei region.
The impact on human rights and basic humanitarian needs in the Tigrei region is likely to lead to starvation of children. Guterres has told the UN Security Council that Ethiopia's latest decision could complicate the resolution of the conflict and humanitarian crisis.
No decision has been taken despite an emergency meeting of the Security Council. The United Nations is confident that humanitarian assistance will continue and that the Ethiopian government is ready to cooperate with the United Nations and its agencies.