European countries filing charges against intruders into Ethiopian embassies: Tewolde Mulugeta
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia ( ENA + DIPLOMAT.SO) – Countries hosting Ethiopian embassies in Europe have begun filing charges against those who trespass the vicinities of the embassies in those countries, Tewolde Mulugeta Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
In his weekly briefing he gave here today, Tewolde said the countries are filing charges against the perpetrators in accordance with the Vienna Declaration that provides the premises of a diplomatic mission, such as an embassy, to be protected by the host country from intrusion or damage.
The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961 is an international treaty that defines a framework for diplomatic relations between independent countries.
The Convention, among others provides that the premises of a diplomatic mission are inviolable and furthermore, the host country must protect the mission from intrusion or damage.
Contrary to the provisions of the Convention that provides for the invincibility of embassies and missions, Ethiopians in the Diaspora intrude into the compounds and created havoc on the compounds of the Ethiopian embassies in London, Stockholm, Washington and Canberra.
“Some Diasporas violated international law of immunity of the Ethiopian embassies abroad by intruding into the embassies compound when they have every democratic rights to present their issues to the embassies in a formal legal manner” He stated.
According to Tewolde, the Australian government has already filed a charge against intruders into the Embassy in Canberra, while the respective governments in London, Stockholm and Washington are processing legal actions against perpetrators.
He added that the Ethiopian government is working closely with the host countries in filing the cases before the courts of law on those who illegally violated the compounds of the embassies.
He also confirmed that the Ethiopian government is always ready to hold discussions with Ethiopians in the Diaspora on the policies and the development strategies of the government based on visible evidences.