Ethiopian Foreign Minister, Feleke Gedle-Giorgis launched an attack on Somalia in a speech he made to the General Assembly of the United Nations on Monday (10 October).
SV: Ethiopian Foreign Minister Feleke Gedle-Giorgis reading prepared speech to the United Nations General Assembly.
GEDLE-GIORGIS: "Mr. President, over a period of law of nearly two years, the Government of Somalia has been infiltrating its regular troops into Ethiopia for the deliberate purpose of committing an aggression short of launching a full-scale conventional war. These troops, which were heavily armed with (INDISTINCT) weapons, such as missiles, anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons have carried out systematic and extensive terror and sabotage in eastern and south-eastern Ethiopia. These infiltrators, while inflicting considerable loss of life, have also wrought immense havoc with the economy of the area by destroying villages, towns, major communication facilities - including the only railway line in the region - as well as agriculture settlements and other development projects established with our own efforts and through international assistance. The Government of Somalia will have to bear full responsibility in this respect."
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Background: Ethiopian Foreign Minister, Feleke Gedle-Giorgis launched an attack on Somalia in a speech he made to the General Assembly of the United Nations on Monday (10 October). The Ethiopian Foreign Minister said Somalia's "preposterous" claim, that the war between the two countries was being waged by a liberation front, was motivated by a desire to conceal the extent of Somalia's "atrocities". Mr. Gedle-Giorgis said Somalia's persistent denial of direct involvement in the undeclared war, which, he said, Somalia had itself initiated and was relentlessly pursuing, was also motivated by the same desire to conceal. He outlined his government's charges of Somalia's alleged involvement in the continuing war in Ethiopia.