Kenya President, Daniel Arap Moi, returned home on Wednesday (31 January) after an official visit to Ethiopia -- during which the two countries signed an agreement on friendship and co-operation.
SV ZOOM INTO CU: Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi on (left) and Ethiopian Head of State Lieutenant Colonel Mengistu Haile-Mariam singing agreement in National Palace in Addis Ababa. (4 shots)
CU AND SV: Aide watches as Moi and Mengistu exchange agreements and shake hands PAN TO Ministers from both Ethiopia and Kenya applauding (2 shots)
GV EXTERIOR: ECA headquarters in Addis Ababa
SV CU INTERIOR: Moi speaking to newsmen in English ZOOM INTO CU Mengistu listening (2 shots)
MOI: "My visit here was merely to consolidate our solidarity with the people of Ethiopia. Traditionally we have been great friends, and that friendship has been cemented further by my visit here, and the solidarity between the two countries is now stronger than ever.
"Kenya's territorial integrity must remain as such. Somalia's expansionism can never be accepted by Kenya. We join Ethiopia in their declaration to that effect. Until Somalia renounces claims over Kenya and Ethiopia -- Ethiopian territory..... Ogaden -- there will be more co-operation."
Under article five of the new co-operation and friendship agreement which the two leaders signed in Addis Ababa, Kenya and Ethiopia have pledged themselves to oppose any country they believe to be pursuing expansionist policies. With Soviet and Cuban aid, Ethiopia last year defeated Somali troops in the Ogaden Desert region of eastern Ethiopia, where the ethnic population is largely Somali. Colonel Mengistu says peace in the Horn of Africa will only prevail when the Mogadishu government publicly renounces what he calls its "expansionist designs" over Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti.
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Background: Kenya President, Daniel Arap Moi, returned home on Wednesday (31 January) after an official visit to Ethiopia -- during which the two countries signed an agreement on friendship and co-operation. Mr Moi conferred with the Ethiopian Head of State, Colonel Mengistu Haile-Mariam, who promised that his armies would come to Kenya's aid if she was attacked by neighbouring Somalia.