Canada keeping only essential staff in Ethiopia as security deteriorates – Victoria News

Deteriorating security in Ethiopia prompted Canada to withdraw family members of diplomats and non-essential personnel from the country.

Global Affairs Canada issued a statement on Sunday saying the situation was rapidly deteriorating amid hostilities in the northern region of the country, and that the safety of Canadians was the department’s highest priority.

The ministry is urging people to consider leaving the country if it is safe to do so.

He also encourages all Canadians in Ethiopia to check Global Affairs Canada’s travel advice and advisories often and to register with the department.

Global Affairs says the Canadian Embassy in Addis Ababa remains open and consular officials are ready to assist Canadians in need of emergency assistance.

Canadians can also contact the Department’s Emergency Watch and Response Center 24 hours a day at sos@international.gc.ca.

According to the United Nations, after heavy fighting broke out a year ago between government troops and loyalists of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), some 5.2 million people still need help in the Ethiopian regions of Tigray, Amhara and Afar.

Amid allegations of widespread human rights abuses on all sides, thousands of people are feared to be killed and more than two million have been forced to flee their homes, according to the UN.

“Canada stands with all the Ethiopian people. The documented violations and abuses of human rights and breaches of international humanitarian law are deeply concerning,” said Global Affairs Canada.

“Canada calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities and an end to indiscriminate attacks against civilians and humanitarian personnel in northern Ethiopia. Humanitarian access must be guaranteed.

In a tweet on Sunday, Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly said she spoke with Ambassador Stéphane Jobin about the developments.

“Our hearts go out to all Canadians who are worried about their loved ones in Ethiopia.

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Michelle J. Kelley