Ethiopian head of state, Lieutenant-Colonel Mengistu Haile Mariam, told East German government leaders in East Berlin on Sunday (26 November) that China had formed an alliance with South Africa to undermine liberation movements in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
GV ZOOM IN TO Ethiopian head of state, Lt-Co.1. Mariam Haile Mariam coming down aircraft steps and being greeted by East German leader Erich Honecker
GV Both leaders salute guard of honour
SV Both leaders receiving bouquets from children
GV Mengistu waving to assembled crowd (3 shots)
SV INTERIOR Mengistu arrives for meeting with East German government ministers
SV Meeting in progress (3 shots)
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Background: Ethiopian head of state, Lieutenant-Colonel Mengistu Haile Mariam, told East German government leaders in East Berlin on Sunday (26 November) that China had formed an alliance with South Africa to undermine liberation movements in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He was speaking at a dinner in his honour a short time after he arrived in the East German capital.
SYNOPSIS: Colonel Mengistu, fresh from visits to Moscow and Soviet Central Asia, was welcomed at East Berlin airport by the Communist Party leader, Herr Erich Honecker. In Moscow, the Ethiopian Head of State had signed a twenty-year treaty of friendship and co-operation with Soviet leaders, and before he reached East Germany, informed sources had speculated that he may sign a similar friendship treaty there. East Germany has been one of Ethiopian's closest allies since Colonel Mengistu's Marxist forces seized power in 1974.
Colonel Mengistu was afforded a military guard of honour...and both leaders took the salute. Early this year, East Germany hosted preliminary negotiations between the Ethiopian government and the Eritrean People's Liberation Front, who have been fighting a secessionist guerrilla war in Ethiopia for the psst seventeen years But the negotiations quickly broke down, and, in recent weeks, Ethiopian government forces are reported to have made significant gains in renewed fighting.
However, when addressing East German Government minister, the Ethiopian leaders referred only briefly to the Eritrean Secessionist war. But, he did mention Ethiopia's brief war earlier this year with Somalia over the Ogaden Desert, and accused China of arming Somalia. He claimed the Chinese leaders were making serious attempts to undermine progressive African government.