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UN Secretary-General requests the parties in Ethiopia not to escalate tensions

UN Secretary-General antónio Guterres calls on the parties in Ethiopia, where riots broke out after the murder of a famous singer, to refrain from actions that would lead to the aggravation of the situation, told reporters the official representative of the Secretary General Stefan Dujarric.

At least 81 people were killed during protests in Oromia in Ethiopia after the capital Addis Ababa, was killed popular singer Chacala Hundessa. Famous for its political songs, Hundessa perceived as the mouthpiece of the people of Oromo in the years of anti-government protests that brought to power Prime Minister Abe Ahmed Ali in 2018. On Monday night, the singer was shot.

According to him, the Secretary General continues to follow closely developments in Ethiopia after the murder of Hundessa.

As pointed out Dujarric, Guterres expresses condolences to the family of Hundessa and those who lost relatives in the riots this week.

"He welcomed the commitment of the government of Ethiopia to quickly bring the perpetrators to justice," - said in comments.