According to reports reaching oyogist.com, the United Nations in its recent reports has called for the release of 16 of its national staff detained in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
According to UN spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, the government is actively working with Ethiopia to secure their immediate release,” UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York on Tuesday.
UN security officials however, organised a visit to the detained staff.
Although, the Ethiopian government, refused to give any immediate comment regarding the incident, Tensions between Ethiopia’s government and the UN have been high pushing thousands of Ethiopians into famine-like conditions.
The government had Reportedly sanctioned seven senior UN officials in September from the country for “meddling” in its internal affairs.
The detentions in Addis Ababa comes shortly after a declaration of six-month nationwide state of emergency last week after Tigrayan and Oromo rebels claimed major advances on the ground.