WHO chief denies any support for Tigray

The Ethiopian army on Thursday accused the boss of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, of providing weapons and other support to the dissident region of Tigray, against which the Ethiopian federal government is leading an offensive. military since November 4.

For the Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian Federal Army, General Berhanu Jula Tedros supports the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), a political formation that heads the Tigray region, located in the north of the country, and which has been challenging the authority of the federal government in Addis Ababa for several months.

Originally from Tigray, having served as Minister of Health (2005-2012) when the TPLF was in command in Addis Ababa, the boss of the WHO is also accused of being a member of this party, and of actively campaign with the international community to condemn Ethiopia.

Tedros brushed aside all these accusations, reassuring that he was working only for “peace”. “Some reports suggest that I am taking sides in this situation. This is not true and I want to say that I am only on one side, that of peace, ”he tweeted.

He was supported by the UN which renewed its confidence in him. “The Secretary General has the greatest respect for Dr Tedros who is an exemplary international civilian servant,” said UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric in New York.

“We have all seen the work he does at the head of the WHO (…), he is always focused above all on the urgent need to strengthen global public health,” he continued.

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