At a news conference in Beirut, Lebanon, an Eritroan province of Eritrea, now a scene of heavy fighting between Ethiopian troops and secessionist rebels.
CU Mr Mohammed Said Idriss speaking to Newsmen (2 SHOTS)
SV Mr Idriss reading statement in Arabic and journalists listening (5 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: MR IDRISS: "We cannot say what will happen, but we think that the Ethiopian will not be able to continue fighting. Yesterday, they were talking about peaceful solution for the country, because you know (words indistinct) causing many troubles. So we are expecting (words indistinct) to stop fighting, otherwise they will face many troubles."
This film is serviced with an extract of Mr Idries' interview in English.
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Background: At a news conference in Beirut, Lebanon, an Eritroan province of Eritrea, now a scene of heavy fighting between Ethiopian troops and secessionist rebels.
Mr Mohammed Said Idries, member of the Front's Foreign Relations Committee, said the outcome of the fight for Eritrean liberation was still in doubt, but added that both Saudi Arabia and Kuwait supported the independence of Eritrea. The two countries had offered Ethiopia financial aid provided that it granted Eritrea its independence, he said.
M. Said Idries also expressed satisfaction at Sudan's attitude, saying it permitted the flow of arms across its territory to the Eritrean guerrillas. He added that Ethiopian forces were fighting with American equipment, but the American base in Eritrea was not interfering.