• Short Summary

    A Somali diplomat has claimed that the Ethiopian Army had no role in fighting for Jijiga in the disputed Ogaden.

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    GV EXT: Kenyatta Conference Centre, PAN TO International House

    MV INT: Somali charge d'affaires Dahir Hussein Diri speaking
    DAHIR: "At the end of last week a massive air-borne attack was launched by the Russian commanding generals against Jijiga. It was preceded by waves after waves of bombers carrying out concentrated bombing and strafing against Jijiga. The fighters and bombers were taking off from Russian warships on the Gulf of Aden. This was followed by large armoured helicopters transporters under the cover of Mig-21 and 23 which poured into the area mechanised units with the most modern tanks-etc manned by Russians and Cuban. There were no Ethiopian troops in this offensive unless the Russians have become Ethiopian army and the Cubans have become the Ethiopians militia. The Ethiopian army has no role in the present fighting as they are not trained in the use of the sophisticated weapons.
    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.
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    Background: 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.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA908FP6MSVNKWSECIMGMMIG7I1
    Media URN:
    VLVA908FP6MSVNKWSECIMGMMIG7I1
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/03/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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