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AU dismisses fake Ethiopia reports

The African Union Commission on Sunday dismissed social media reports claiming that the chairperson of the Commission Moussa Faki had called for temporary relocation of offices and staff from Ethiopia.

In a statement, the chairman’s spokesperson Mr Ebba Kalondo said the report was false.

“The African Union Commission has learnt of the existence of a report circulating on social media purporting to be an official internal memo attributed to the Chairperson of the Commission, allegedly calling for a temporary relocation of the Commission and its staff from Ethiopia. The said report is fake news and has no basis in fact nor form,” he said.

The reports came in the midst of ongoing unrest in the country due to fights between government and rebel groups.

Last week, Mr Faki called for an end to the hostilities in the country and urged all parties to safeguard the territorial integrity, unity and national sovereignty of Ethiopia. He urged the parties to engage in dialogue to seek a peaceful solution in the interests of the country.

“In this regard, the chairperson calls for the immediate cessation of hostilities, the full respect for the life and property of civilians, as well as state infrastructure. The Chairperson further calls on the parties to urge their supporters against acts of reprisal against any community, and refrain from hate speech and incitement to violence and divisiveness,” the Commission said in a statement.

Mr Faki said the parties should remember their international obligations regarding compliance with international humanitarian and human rights law, with particular regard to the protection of civilians and ensuring access to humanitarian assistance by communities in need.

He reiterated that the African Union’s continued commitment to work with the parties in support of a mutual political process.

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