The Chairman of Ethiopia's Provisional Military Administrative Council, Colonel Mengistu Haile-Mariam, has called for strengthened defences, and what he called `revolutionary vigilance'.
SV Cadets march towards reviewing stand
SV & CU PAN Military attaches from several countries including Soviet Union and Cuba seated watching (3 shots)
CU PAN Graduate marches forward and receives diploma from ruling Politburo Chairman Mengistu Haile-Mariam
SV Mengistu applauds and another graduate marches forward to receive diploma
LV & SV Officers applaud as most outstanding graduate receives special prize, and trophy (2 shots)
SV & CU Graduates take oath of allegiance and kiss flag (2 shots)
LV Graduates chant in unison
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Background: The Chairman of Ethiopia's Provisional Military Administrative Council, Colonel Mengistu Haile-Mariam, has called for strengthened defences, and what he called `revolutionary vigilance'. He was speaking at a graduation ceremony for Ethiopian Air Force cadets in Addis Ababa.
SYNOPSIS: The seventeen cadets received their commissions before an audience which included several foreign military attaches, including representatives of the Soviet Union and Cuba. They heard Colonel Mengistu, who is Commander in Chief or the army, call for a stronger defence capability to the extend that Ethiopia's own resources, and support of its allies, permit.
The graduates received diplomas and personal congratulations from Colonel Mengistu, who later referred to the great sacrifices which have been made, and which he says will continue to be made, to defend the Socialist revolution in Ethiopia. He told the graduates that more vigilance, more organisation and more arms are needed until Ethiopia's enemies admit defeat and behave accordingly.
The awards given at the ceremony included special prizes and trophies for the most outstanding students. Colonel Mengistu paid particular tribute to the Air Force, which he said, gave the Ethiopian people cause for pride.
Then the graduates took an oath of allegiance. The leader called on them, along with all people of Ethiopia, to be ready to make even greater sacrifices in order to bury what he called their `committed class enemies'. Colonel Mengistu told the graduates that the enemies of Ethiopia's Socialist revolution have been brought to their knees, but are still causing bloodshed and destruction.