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    THE SECRETARY OF THE ERITREAN LIBERATION FRONT, MR. OSMAN SALEH SABBE, TALKED TO REPORTERS AT?

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    VIEW OF RABAT, INTERVIEWS SABBE. (SOF)



    TRANSCRIPT: QUESTION: MR. OSMAN SALEH SABBE YOU ARE SECRETARY GENERAL OF ELF WHICH MEANS ERITREAN LIBERATION FRONT. WHAT ARE YOU FIGHTING FOR?



    SABBE: WE ARE FIGHTING FOR THE FULL INDEPENDENCE OF ERITREA.



    QUESTION: PLEASE TELL US WHAT IS EXACTLY ERITREA?



    SABBE: ERITREA IS A COUNTRY SITUATED IN NORTH EAST AFRICA ALONG THE RED SEA AND COMPRISES ABOUT 120,000 SQUARE KILOMETRES WITH THREE MILLION PEOPLE. IT WAS AN ITALIAN COLONY UP TO 1941 FOR ABOUT SIX YEARS. THEN ADMINISTERED BY THE BRITISH DURING THE WORLD WAR II UP TO 1952 WHO HANDED IT OVER TO ETHIOPIA UNDER COVER OF UNITED NATIONS FEDERAL RESOLUTION AND NOW THE PEOPLE ARE FIGHTING AGAINST THE ETHIOPIAN DOMINATION IN ORDER TO GET FULL INDEPENDENCE.



    QUESTION: WHAT ABOUT HIJACKING PLANES. DO YOU THINK IT'S A GOOD MEANS OF ACTION?



    SABBE: IN GENERAL WE DO NOT BELIEVE THAT HIJACKING CIVILIAN PLANES A GOOD ACTION. THERE ARE CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES WHICH JUSTIFY IT. THESE CIRCUMSTANCES FOR US IS FIRST OF ALL ETHIOPIAN ACTIONS AGAINST ERITREAN PEOPLE. THEY ARE NOT BINDING THEMSELVES BY MILITARY RULES AND REGULATIONS. THEY ARE KILLING CIVILIANS BY THOUSANDS. THEY ARE TORTURING THE PEOPLE ALSO. SO AS A REACTION TO WHAT THE ETHIOPIANS ARE DOING INSIDE ERITREA WE ARE ALSO FREE TO TAKE ACTIONS AGAINST THEM. IN THE SECOND PLACE WE ARE SUFFERING IN ISOLATION. NO-ONE KNOWS ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON IN ERITREA. DESPITE THERE THREE ARE ABOUT 10,000 GUERRILLA FIGHTERS WHO ARE CONTROLLING MOST OF ERITREA. THIS IS DUE TO ETHIOPIA'S POLICY OF HIDING THE NEWS OF WHAT IS GOING ON IN ERITREA. AND ALSO DUE TO THE PRESENCE OF THE ORGANISATION OF AFRICAN UNITY WHICH HAS ITS HEADQUARTERS IN ADDIS ABABA. AND WHICH DOES NOT SUPPORT OUT CASE DUE TO THE ETHIOPIAN INFLUENCE. AND SO WE HAVE TO MAKE OUR CASE KNOWN AND BY HIJACKING ETHIOPIAN PLANES WE REALLY MADE A GOOD JOB THIS YEAR AND SO WE ARE HERE ALSO TO ASK US WHAT IS GOING ON IN ERITREA, BECAUSE YOU HEAR ABOUT ERITREA. IT'S ONLY TO MAKE THE CASE KNOWN.




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    Background: THE SECRETARY OF THE ERITREAN LIBERATION FRONT, MR. OSMAN SALEH SABBE, TALKED TO REPORTERS AT THE ARAB SUMMIT CONFERENCE IN RABAT, MOROCCO YESTERDAY (TUESDAY).

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA4P7I4DXXM450GUSQBIM2AJ5Z
    Media URN:
    VLVAA4P7I4DXXM450GUSQBIM2AJ5Z
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/12/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:13:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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