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Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia Demeke Mekonnen underscored his government’s “unreserved commitment” for the provision of humanitarian assistance and facilitate the operation of its humanitarian partners that adhere to the principles of neutrality, independence and humanity and the laws of the country, adding that “apart from this, no excuse will justify any attempt to intervene in our internal affairs.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 25 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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21 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

25 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Demeke Mekonnen, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia:
“Despite the undue pressure, we shall live up to the solemn obligation to preserve the sovereignty, territorial integrity and the political independence of Ethiopia. While cooperation and concern from our friends is welcome, we underline the need to employ constructive approach, cultivate trust and ensure understanding. Attempts to extend support or even opine on an internal issue of a state requires full understanding about the complexities of the problem.”
4. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Demeke Mekonnen, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia:
“I also underscore my government’s unreserved commitment for the provision of humanitarian assistance and facilitate the operation of our humanitarian partners that adhere to the principles of neutrality, independence and humanity and the laws of the country. Apart from this, no excuse will justify any attempt to intervene in our internal affairs.”
6. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Demeke Mekonnen, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia:
“The political and security landscape in Africa is on a path of adversity. Forcible overthrow of governments, joint military exercises, aggression, renewed appetite for intervention in sovereign countries, subversion and mercenaryism, normalized and renewed scramble for natural resources, secret military pacts, geo-political competitions and others are becoming pervasive. Unless we swiftly change course, this will be yet another round to destabilize Africa and disenfranchise Africans in the determination of our destiny. We hope there will be more countries to lift the banner of multilateralism rather than the vagaries of unilateralism.”
8. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Demeke Mekonnen, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia:
“Evidently, science can serve humanity only if good faith and rationality guides politics. Unfortunately, Africa, with negligible vaccination rate is left waiting for the drips from the surplus of others due to vaccine nationalism.”
10. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Demeke Mekonnen, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia:
“Global-warming is the most alarming driver of poverty. Agrarian and pastoralist communities and economies like ours with these livelihoods face an existential challenge. The impacts of climate change are destroying arable land and biodiversity thereby disrupting our food system. Production of cash crops suffer from quality and quantity problems. Perennial flood and drought are straining the emergency readiness we have in place.”
12. Various shots, General Assembly Hall

STORYLINE:

Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia Demeke Mekonnen underscored his government’s “unreserved commitment” for the provision of humanitarian assistance and facilitate the operation of its humanitarian partners that adhere to the principles of neutrality, independence and humanity and the laws of the country, adding that “apart from this, no excuse will justify any attempt to intervene in our internal affairs.”

Addressing the General Assembly Debate today (25 Sep) in New York, the Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen said that three years ago, his country embarked on a journey of reform. The changes that were introduced, ushered-in democracy, human rights, human development, and regional stability. It also opened avenues for dialogue and unity among divergent political and interest groups.

However, he said, the reform is not without challenge. He noted that on the night of November four last year, the Ethiopian National Defense Force was attacked from within. He said that the Government of Ethiopia, took the necessary measures to avert the grave danger imposed.

Deputy Prime Minister Mekonnen said, “despite the undue pressure, we shall live up to the solemn obligation to preserve the sovereignty, territorial integrity and the political independence of Ethiopia.”

He added, “while cooperation and concern from our friends is welcome, we underline the need to employ constructive approach, cultivate trust and ensure understanding. Attempts to extend support or even opine on an internal issue of a state requires full understanding about the complexities of the problem.”

The Ethiopian Diplomat also said, “the political and security landscape in Africa is on a path of adversity. Forcible overthrow of governments, joint military exercises, aggression, renewed appetite for intervention in sovereign countries, subversion and mercenaryism, normalized and renewed scramble for natural resources, secret military pacts, geo-political competitions and others are becoming pervasive.”

He reiterated, “Unless we swiftly change course, this will be yet another round to destabilize Africa and disenfranchise Africans in the determination of our destiny.”

Deputy Prime Minister Mekonnen added, “we hope there will be more countries to lift the banner of multilateralism rather than the vagaries of unilateralism.”

On COVID-19 pandemic, he underscored, “evidently, science can serve humanity only if good faith and rationality guides politics. Unfortunately, Africa, with negligible vaccination rate is left waiting for the drips from the surplus of others due to vaccine nationalism.”

On Climate change, the Ethiopian diplomat said, “Global-warming is the most alarming driver of poverty. Agrarian and pastoralist communities and economies like ours with these livelihoods face an existential challenge.”

He continued, “the impacts of climate change are destroying arable land and biodiversity thereby disrupting our food system. Production of cash crops suffer from quality and quantity problems. Perennial flood and drought are straining the emergency readiness we have in place.”
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