ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA
1. CU Mr. Cheysson speaking. 1.46
2. SV Journalists making notes. 1.52
3. CU Cheysson speaking. 2.08
4. GV Newsmen and Cheysson. 2.13
5. CU Cheysson speaking. 2.55
SEQ. 1: CHEYSSON: "There was an important programme under the European Community, and we are a member of the European Community, and you know I have played a role in promoting that programme. But there was no direct facility from France to Ethiopia. We have offered to your government to enter into the financial protocol, a contract between us, offering credits to Ethiopia, credits with of course, terms that are adapted to your problems. And your government have very kindly accepted to come and negotiate for such economic co-operation in Paris towards the end of January. So at the end of January there will be an Ethiopian mission to consider all aspects of possible potential economic co-operation between Ethiopia and France. Utilisation of such credit, possibly joint ventures, transfer of technology, joint industrial development. I will not be the only meeting. There is a joint economic commission which must be restored and put to work. There will be other occasions for meetings. There should also be a better meeting of minds. French don't know enough of what is undertaken in this country. In very few years you have decided to jump from the Middle Age feudal system to the modern age for the benefit of your people. This is your revolution, and of course we welcome it."
SEQ. 3: CHEYSSON: "Independence in 1982 following the resolution of the United Nations without adding and without deleting anything from it. This is our stand, and we will do everything we can about it."
SEQ. 5: CHEYSSON: "As I was saying a little later, the President of OAU and the President of the Government of Chad, requested us to bring support to the Pan-African Force the principle of which has been established in Nairobi at the time of the OAU session. This is the reason why we bring our support. That support took the form of direct financing and supply of equipment. It cannot take the form of sending men. We don't want any French soldier to intervene in an affair which should be decided by the Africans themselves."
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Background: ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA
Mr. Claude Cheysson, the French Minister for External Relations is on a tour of Middle Eastern states. On Sunday (3 January), Mr. Cheysson was in Cairo where he had consultations with President Mubarak on the Middle East situation. The French Minister arrived in Cairo from Addis Ababa where the pledged financial assistance for the African country's economy. Before his departure Mr. Cheysson addressed a news conference at which he was accompanied by Ethiopia's Foreign Minister, Dr. Feleke Gedle Giorgis.
Mr. Cheysson was then asked about France's position with regard to the independence of Namibia from South Africa, and the position of the guerrilla movement SWAPO (South West African People's Organisation).
Mr. Cheysson was then asked about his government's support for the Pan-African Peacekeeping Force in Chad.
Source: REUTERS - TAFESSE JARRA