A Somali diplomat has claimed that the Ethiopian Army had no role in fighting for Jijiga in the disputed Ogaden.
A Somali diplomat has claimed that the Ethiopian Army had no role in fighting for Jijiga in the disputed Ogaden. He claimed that it was Russian and Cuban troops and Soviet carrier-borne aircraft who were involved in the battle which formed Somalia to pull out its forces.
SYNOPSIS: The claims came from the Somali charge d'affaires in Nairobi, Mr Dahir Hussein Diri at a news conference called in the 12th floor suite of International House, where Somalia has its embassy.
Ethiopia has rejected a ceasefire agreement with Somalia and says the only solution to the conflict was for Somalia to renounce once and for all its claims on Ethiopian territory. Meanwhile, the Soviet Union has indicated that it is not convinced that Somalia would withdrew all its forces from the Ogaden, and there has been no comment on American calls for the USSR to support a ceasefire.