In Addis Ababa, talks have been held between a top-level Cuban delegation and their Ethiopian allies.
SV EXTERIOR: Cuban delegation headed by Foreign Minister Isidoro Malmierca being greeted by Ethiopian Foreign Minister and enter national palace.
SV INTERIOR: Cuban Foreign Minister enters room, greeted by Ethiopian Secretary-General Captain Fiker-Selassie Wogderes.
SV: Cuban delegation walk into conference room.
SV: Members of Cuban delegation seated.
CU PULL BACK: Cuban Foreign Minister, talking through interpreter to Ethiopian Secretary-General.
CU: Ethiopian Secretary-General.
CU PAN: Cuban delegation to Cuban Foreign Minister.
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Background: In Addis Ababa, talks have been held between a top-level Cuban delegation and their Ethiopian allies. On Sunday (19 March), the Cuban delegation, led by the country's Foreign Minister, met leading members of Ethiopia's ruling body, the Provisional Military Administrative Council.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting took place in Addis Ababa's national palace. The Cuban delegation, which included the Foreign Minister Senor Isidoro Malmierca talked on a wide range of international issues with the Ethiopians, who were led by the Secretary-General of the Provisional Military Administrative Council, Captain Fiker-Selassie Wogderes. One of the main topics was the recent war in the Ogaden. Cuba announced last week that it sent military personnel to fight with Ethiopia against Somalia.
The Cuban foreign Minister, Senor Malmierca, said victory in the Ogaden had been achieved with the aid of several countries. He said it was a victory not only for Ethiopia but for all African people struggling for peace and stability in the continent. The threat to change borders by the use of force had been rejected, establishing a precedent for other places in Africa.
It is not known whether the war between Ethiopian government forces and Eritrean rebels was discussed, but Reuters news agency says the Cubans are believed to be helping Ethiopia there as well.