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    Ethiopian leader Brigadier-General Teferi Banti reviewed a parade in the capital, Addis Ababa, on Sunday (12 September) marking the second anniversary of the military takeover from the late Emperor Haile Selassie.

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    Ethiopian leader Brigadier-General Teferi Banti reviewed a parade in the capital, Addis Ababa, on Sunday (12 September) marking the second anniversary of the military takeover from the late Emperor Haile Selassie.

    SYNOPSIS: Some 200,000 people joined in the parade, and there was plenty of rejoicing. However, the difficulties facing Ethiopia were reflected in a speech by General Banti, who also delivered a strong attack against South Africa.

    Referring to the current unrest there, the General demanded international action for what he called the brutal and wanton murder of helpless people in South Africa. General Banti -- Chairman of the ruling provisional Military Administrative Council -- also accused neighbouring Somalia of taking advantage of Ethiopia's internal difficulties to satisfy its territorial claims.

    The General said the main internal conflict involved the guerrilla war by secessionists in Eritrea. He claimed Somalia was more interested in the war continuing than joining in the search for a just solution General Banti said that outside forces were heavily involved. Somalia, he said, had so far ignored all requests by Ethiopia to talk over the issue. The government claimed that there was no reason for the fighting in Eritrea to go on. But officials said they were not optimistic about an early meeting with Somalia. General Banti said that Ethiopia was also concerned about the future of neighbour Territory of the Afars and Issas.

    The General claimed Somalia has designs on the French territory which becomes independent next year. He said Ethiopia was appealing to Somalia to see the independence of the territory as an opportunity to build a lasting peace in the troubled region. The territory's capital is the port of Djibouti, which has a key role in the Ethiopian economy as its main port.

    Ethiopian Government officials say that about 60 per cent of the country's trade is through Djibouti. Government spokesmen have said their real fear is that Somalia will use the tribal affiliation of the Issa people to engineer a takeover of the territory. They said if that happened, then Ethiopia's major trade channel might be seriously threatened. General Banti warned Somalia that any attempt to change the status-quo in the troubled Horn of Africa should be abandoned.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAETDQ8SHGA34TVFI0ILOJTEFII
    Media URN:
    VLVAETDQ8SHGA34TVFI0ILOJTEFII
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/09/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:29:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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