The Ethiopian Head of State Mengistu Haile Mariam has returned to Addis Ababa after a tour of Eastern Europe and he said he had secured promises of economic help.
SV Ethiopian Head of State Colonel Mengistu Haile Mariam walking across tarmac after leaving aircraft at Addis Ababa airport
SV Dancers on tarmac
SV Colonel Mengistu Mariam inspects Guard of Honour
GV crowds with red flags lining route from airport
GV motorcade through decorated and crowded streets
GV large crowd and soldiers gathered in "Revolutionary Square"
SV ZOOM OUT FROM Colonel Mengistu seated on dais
SV Ministers of the ruling Marxist military council
CU Colonel Mengistu speaking in Aramaic and members of the council applauding (TWO SHOTS)
GV crowd holding banner listening to speech
CU Colonel Mengistu speaking and crowd responding to his speech (THREE SHOTS)
GV crowd in square applauds and Colonel Mengistu waves (TWO SHOTS)
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Background: The Ethiopian Head of State Mengistu Haile Mariam has returned to Addis Ababa after a tour of Eastern Europe and he said he had secured promises of economic help. Colonel Mengistu said he would reveal details of the aid promised when he launches a new campaign to revitalise the Ethiopian economy. When he arrived home, Colonel Mengistu said in a major speech that economic development now receives a high priority.
SYNOPSIS: Colonel Mengistu had visited nine countries, and he said that the revolution in Ethiopia won respect and admiration in the progressive world. He was warmly welcomed home.
Colonel Mengistu is putting greater emphasis on the need for economic development. A central economic and planning command has been formed, and during his tour he obtained support from other socialist countries. In Moscow in particular, his talks centred on economic cooperation with the Soviet Union, and Soviet aid for Ethiopia. The two countries signed a twenty-year treaty of friendship and cooperation. Colonel Mengistu's ruling Marxist military revolutionary council has recently claimed victory over Eritrean secessionists following a conflict which has retarded the economy.
He says the traitorous secessionist bandits must be mopped up and then all Ethiopians must respond to the economic campaign.
In his speech Colonel Mengistu said that international imperialism has perpetrated immense harm and destruction against the Ethiopian people and the economy. He called for the citizens to track down opponents of the Ethiopian revolution ... what he called emissaries of death and destruction who would lead the people to hunger, disease, exile and death.
He said that now the Revolution had dismantled the old economic order, a progressive and advanced structure must be built. Colonel Mengistu claimed that no one is in any doubt that the masses would cooperate in this endeavour just as they had been unflinching in the armed struggle in Eritrea. He said a short, medium and long-term popular campaign was needed. This would be the means to eradicate hunger, disease, ignorance, unemployment and prostitution from the face of Ethiopia.