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FALSE: AU didn't call for temporary relocation of staff, offices from Ethiopia

"The said report is fake news and has no basis in fact nor form,"

In Summary

•AU chairman's Spokesperson Ebba Kalondo said the report purported to be an internal memo calling for their relocation from Ethiopia has no basis.

•The reports came amidst the ongoing unrest in the country, as a result of fighting between government and rebel groups.

Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat.
Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat.
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The African Union Commission has said that social media reports saying chairman Moussa Faki had called for temporary relocation of staff and offices are false.

In a statement on Sunday, the AU chairman's spokesperson Ebba Kalondo said the report purported to be an internal memo calling for their relocation from Ethiopia has no basis.

"The said report is fake news and has no basis in fact nor form," he said.

The reports came amid the ongoing unrest in the country, as a result of fighting between government and rebel groups.

On Wednesday last week, African Union Commission chairperson, Moussa Faki called for an end to the hostilities in Ethiopia.

This followed reports that Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa could be overrun by rebels within "months if not weeks".

Odaa Tarbii, the spokesman for Oromo Liberation Army, which has also claimed recent advances in Amhara and in the Oromia region surrounding Addis Ababa, said his group intended to topple PM Abiy's government, calling his removal "a foregone conclusion".

Faki called on the parties involved to embrace dialogue instead of war, to safeguard the territorial integrity, unity and national sovereignty of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia.

"The chairperson calls for the immediate cessation of hostilities, the full respect for the life and property of civilians, as well as state infrastructure," he said.

"The chairperson calls on the parties to engage with the AU High Representative for the Horn of Africa, former Nigerian President H.E Olusegun Obasanjo."

 

Edited by CM