INTRODUCTION: At a meeting in a secret location in the Eritrean province of Ethiopia, leaders of the People's Liberation Forces have been discussing forming an alliance with the rival guerrilla movement, the Revolutionary Command.
MV PAN DOWN Tree TO tent in guerrilla camp, Eritrea, Ethiopia
CU Armed soldier
BV People seated outside tent listening to speaker
CU Man holding map of Eritrea
CU & MV Speaker
MV Delegates applaud
MV Soldiers holding banners PAN DOWN TO young boy in uniform
MV People's Liberation Forces leader Osman Sebbe addressing guerrilla gathering
MV Guerrillas applauding
MCU Sebbe continuing address
MV PAN guerrillas applauding
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Background: INTRODUCTION: At a meeting in a secret location in the Eritrean province of Ethiopia, leaders of the People's Liberation Forces have been discussing forming an alliance with the rival guerrilla movement, the Revolutionary Command. The two organisations, factions of the Eritrean Liberation Front, have effective control of the Eritrean countryside, with Ethiopian Government forces left holding some of the major towns.
SYNOPSIS: The two groups have often been at loggerheads and at times there has been bitter fighting between them. But recently they've been co-operating on the battle-field, staging joint attacks on Ethiopian military garrisons with considerable success.
Guerrilla forces of the People's Liberation Forces have claimed a major success with the capture of Nakfa, a district capital in northern Eritrea. The town fell on Thursday after a five-month siege during which the Ethiopian Army made several attempts to relieve it.
Mr Osman Sebbe, leader of the People's Liberation Forces, told his guerrilla commanders that liberation should go hand in hand with the establishment of a government. But the group won't be ready to establish a government unless the independence movement in the area is united, he said. Mr Ahmed Nassir, leader of the rival Revolutionary Command, also recently said that national unity would help the overall movement.
He said in Cairo, Egypt, that his group has a dialogue committee ready to meet the P.L.F., and the proposed a joint conference to take place within a few month.