UN / ETHIOPIA UPDATE TEDROS

19-Nov-2020 00:01:32
Responding to allegations that World Health Organization (WHO) chief Adhanom Ghebreyesus is illegally backing the Tigray Region forces in the Ethiopian conflict, a UN spokesperson said Secretary-General António Guterres “has the utmost respect for Dr Tedros who is an exemplary international civil servant.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 19 NOVEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT
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1. Wide shot, United Nations Headquarters

19 NOVEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric walks up to podium
3. Med shot, reporter
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The Secretary-General has the utmost respect for Dr Tedros who is an exemplary international civil servant. We’ve all seen the work that he’s been doing leading WHO. He’s guided it through a number of emergencies, Ebola, COVID, obviously unprecedented emergencies. And he’s always focused first and foremost on the urgent need to strengthen global public health for all.”
5. Wide shot, Dujarric at the podium
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We obviously urgently call on all the parties to the conflict to allow for immediate, free, safe and unhindered humanitarian access. Electricity continues to be cut off. Fuel for generators has run out. That leaves 96,000 Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia without clean water. UNHCR says that more than 31,000 people have crossed into Sudan, and just to flag that a Humanitarian Preparedness Plan is targeting nearly 2 million people has been finalized. The plan seeks $75 million to help people affected by the conflict in Tigray, Afar and Amhara regions of Ethiopia until January 2021.”
7. Wide shot, Dujarric at the podium
STORYLINE
Responding to allegations that World Health Organization (WHO) chief Adhanom Ghebreyesus is illegally backing the Tigray Region forces in the Ethiopian conflict, a UN spokesperson today (19 Nov) said Secretary-General António Guterres “has the utmost respect for Dr Tedros who is an exemplary international civil servant.”

The Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric, said, Dr Tedros “we’ve all seen the work that he’s been doing leading WHO. He’s guided it through a number of emergencies, Ebola, COVID, obviously unprecedented emergencies. And he’s always focused first and foremost on the urgent need to strengthen global public health for all.”

According to news reports, Ethiopia’s army chief of staff General Birhanu Jula called for the WHO Director-General to be removed and accused him of trying to obtain weapons and support for Tigray’ People Liberation Front in their fight against federal forces.

Providing an update on the conflict, Dujarric said, “we obviously urgently call on all the parties to the conflict to allow for immediate, free, safe and unhindered humanitarian access. Electricity continues to be cut off. Fuel for generators has run out. That leaves 96,000 Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia without clean water.”

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), he said, “says that more than 31,000 people have crossed into Sudan, and just to flag that a Humanitarian Preparedness Plan is targeting nearly 2 million people has been finalized.”

The plan seeks $75 million to help people affected by the conflict in Tigray, Afar and Amhara regions of Ethiopia until January 2021.
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