The director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has denied claims by Ethiopia that he is supporting the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
The Ethiopian government said Dr. Ghebreyesus was helping Tigray forces fighting the government.
In a televised address, Ethiopia’s army chief said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is trying to procure arms and mobilize diplomatic support for Tigray state’s dominant political party, which is fighting the federal troops.
“This man is a member of that group and he has been doing everything to support them,” the army chief of staff.
He has worked in neighbouring countries to condemn the war. He has worked for them to get weapons,” General Berhanu Jula said on Thursday.
Berhanu said Tedros had “left no stone unturned” to help the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF), the party Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said it is targeting in a military offensive in the region.
“What do you expect from him [Tedros]? We don’t expect he will side with the Ethiopian people and condemn them,” Berhanu said.
55 year old Tedros – an Ethiopian of Tigrayan descent who served as health minister in a former government coalition led by the TPLF said the accusations were untrue.
He said on twitter that “There have been reports suggesting I am taking sides in this situation. This is not true”.
“I want to say that I am on only one side and that is the side of peace,” he added.
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) November 19, 2020
The conflict in northern Ethiopia has already lasted two weeks, and it threatens to destabilize the Horn of Africa.
Some 30,000 Ethiopians are feeling the violence.