• Short Summary

    In a lengthy speech to the nation on radio and television, Ethiopian leader Lieutenant Colonel Mengistu Haile Mariam has accused what he called the "reactionary ruling classes" of the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Tunisia, Somalia and the Sudan of supporting Eritrean guerrillas in their secessionist war against the Ethiopian central government.

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    SCU Ethiopian leader Lieutenant Colonel Mengistu Haile Mariam speaking in Amharic
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    Giving the first-eve casualty figures for the Eritrean war, Colonel Mengistu said that in 17 years of fighting some 13,000 Ethiopian soldiers had been killed and between 30,000 and 50,000 civilians had died. A further 200,000 thousand people are said to have fled into exile.




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    Background: In a lengthy speech to the nation on radio and television, Ethiopian leader Lieutenant Colonel Mengistu Haile Mariam has accused what he called the "reactionary ruling classes" of the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Tunisia, Somalia and the Sudan of supporting Eritrean guerrillas in their secessionist war against the Ethiopian central government. Colonel Mengistu claimed that these countries were arming the rebels with military supplies obtained from NATO.

    SYNOPSIS: Colonel Mengistu spoke for about 90 minutes and gave a detailed historical breakdown of the position of Eritrea in relation to the whole of Ethiopia. Despite his accusations, the general them of his speech was accented towards a peaceful solution of the Eritrean problem. Observers say that for the first time he tacitly admitted that his allies -- Warsaw Pact countries, Cuba and South Yemen -- had urged him to look for peaceful means and that his planned massive onslaught like the one which brought victory in the Ogaden desert has failed to get underway.

    Colonel Mengistu also announced that he would grant an amnesty to defectors from the Eritrean cause and that reception centres had been set up in six locations. But in response to this an Eri???rean Liberation Front spokesman in Khartoum said the guerrillas would fight on until complete independence had been achieved. "We have lost so many" he said "A few thousand more will make no difference."

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    Film ID:
    VLVADSFTX4HHUG4BU4DMOPFJHOBNS
    Media URN:
    VLVADSFTX4HHUG4BU4DMOPFJHOBNS
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/06/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
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