• Short Summary

    At a press conference in Addis Ababa on Thursday, December 24th, Foreign Minister Ketema Yifru said that Ethiopia was contemplating diplomatic action against countries supporting Eritrea following the declaration of a State of Emergency in the State earlier this month.

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    At a press conference in Addis Ababa on Thursday, December 24th, Foreign Minister Ketema Yifru said that Ethiopia was contemplating diplomatic action against countries supporting Eritrea following the declaration of a State of Emergency in the State earlier this month.

    The Foreign Minister said that certain Arab countries - namely Libya, Syria and Iraq - had made no secret of their sympathy and support for the Eritrean rebels against whom the Ethiopian government had decided to take measures following fighting in the area.

    Ato Ketema reviewed the Eritrean situation for the pressmen,explaining that it had been federated to Ethiopia in 1952 by a United Nations decision, and later unified to Ethiopia as a Province of the Empire by decision of the Eritrean Assembly. He added that Eritrea was neither an Arab nor a Moslem State, but a predominantly Christian region and they have "religious freedom in Ethiopia." But, he continued, "to play religion with politics is a dangerous thing which can backfire in many places."
    But it was on the subject of interference from other countries that the Ethiopian statesman was most vehement, saying:"We are going to take some diplomatic action and we hope we will be able to convince them that the path they are following is completely wrong...No major powers are involved in this."
    He finalised the press conference by stating that Emperor Haile Selassie's amnesty of 1966 still applied to all rebels who gave themselves up voluntarily.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3G8GMBGB8HRGX7F6MQDSN8YU2
    Media URN:
    VLVA3G8GMBGB8HRGX7F6MQDSN8YU2
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/12/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:57:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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