UN / ETHIOPIA DETAINED STAFF UPDATE

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A UN Spokesperson said that none of the nine detained UN staff members in Ethiopia have been released, but the Organization is aware that a tenth person has now also been detained, adding that there is no change in the numbers of the more than 70 sub-contractor drivers either. UNIFEED

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STORY: UN / ETHIOPIA DETAINED STAFF UPDATE
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DATELINE: 12 NOVEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

12 NOVEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Unfortunately, I have no good news to convey. We had said yesterday that there were nine people in detention. None of those nine people have been released as far as we are aware, but we are aware that the tenth person has now also been detained. So our numbers are up, not down, to ten, and there's no change in the numbers of the more than 70 sub-contractor drivers either. We're continuing with our efforts, we're pushing on all the doors that we can. But we have not made the progress that we would have liked to have made. That of course is also hindering our humanitarian deliveries. But on the other side of that front, I believe the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is working on seeing whether they will be an allocation to the central Emergency Response Fund for Ethiopia, that’s not ready as of right now to announce but, hopefully we'll be might have something later during the day on that.”
4.Wide shot, press briefing room

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A UN Spokesperson said none of the nine detained UN staff members in Ethiopia have been released, but the Organization is aware that a tenth person has now also been detained, adding that there is no change in the numbers of the more than 70 sub-contractor drivers either.

Asked about the situation of the detained UN staffed members in Ethiopia, UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters today (12 Nov), “we're continuing with our efforts, we're pushing on all the doors that we can. But we have not made the progress that we would have liked to have made.”

Haq continued, “that of course is also hindering our humanitarian deliveries. But on the other side of that front, I believe the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is working on seeing whether they will be an allocation to the central Emergency Response Fund for Ethiopia, that’s not ready as of right now to announce but, hopefully we'll be might have something later during the day on that.”
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