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    Eritrean guerrillas have been forced from their last major stronghold by an Ethiopian government offensive.?

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    SCU Ethiopian Ambassador in Nairobi Mr Mengiste Desta speaking in English

    CU REPORTER listening & (silent) Mr Amdemicael Kahsai, member of the Central Committee of the Ethiopian peoples Liberation Front seated at desk (2 shots).

    SV Mr Amdemicael Kahsai speaking in English

    DESTA: "The fall of Keren to the revolutionary army is significant in that it constitutes a decisive victory against the secessionist fores. This victory is an additional proof of the unchallengeability of the unity and territorial integrity of revolutionary ethiopia, besides this being a triumph of the principals of the United Nations and Organisation of African Unity. Furthermore, the masses in the Eritrian region who has suffered their loss at the hands of the secessionists will now become full beneficiaries, like other Ethiopians, of the gains of the revolution. Having thus successfully maintained the unity and territorial integrity, as well as the revolution of the country by crushing counter-revolutionary secessionists and expansionist fores, it now remains for revolutionary Ethiopia to confront the remaining battle. That is the battle for fourth year economic transformation."

    KAHSAI: "While the Ethiopians have, on Monday, recaptured Keren from the EPLF, this does not mean the 17 year struggle by the Eritrean people has come to an end as the Ethiopians claim. In any war the enemy can advance and us retreat. We can pass into the offensive and the enemy would also retreat. Presently the war has ceased to be purely a war between the Eritrean people on one hand, and the Ethiopian regime on the other. It has now become a war between the Eritrean people and the Soviet Union which has 13 generals, 200 high ranking officers and over 3,000 Cubans are collaborating and guiding the war operations in all fronts to the extent that Ethiopian troops who would flee from the war front are being precipitated, killed directly by the Soviet Union and the Cubans."

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    Background: Eritrean guerrillas have been forced from their last major stronghold by an Ethiopian government offensive. Ethiopia's ambassador in Kenya Mr Mengiste Desta, made the announcement at his embassy in Nairobi. But in Rome, Amdemiceal Kahsai, a member of the central committee of the Eritrean People's Liberation Front, says that the recapture of the stronghold in Keren does not signal the end of their struggle.

    SYNOPSIS: But the EPLF says the Ethiopians have not won a decisive victory.

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