The Eritrean Front (ELF) announced in Damascus, Syria, on Saturday (1 February) that they have launched a full-scale attack on main Ethiopian cities, including Asmara, capital of Eritrean Province.
SV Mr Omar Alim spokesman for ELF speaking...
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 1: ALIM: "The Eritrean Liberation Army is launching an overwhelming attack in the main cities now, specially inside the capital, Asmara. These attacks are mainly directed towards military installations, and the headquarters of the Ethiopian Navy (indistinct)... the Ethiopian terrorist military division. We are not attacking any civilians, not at all. These attacks are aimed at undermining the pre-parations of the Ethiopian occupation army who are for a new annihilation war against our people, and massacres against civilians. We are obliged to answer the threats of the regime very practically. We couldn't issue a statement, but we answer in a way that we know -- that we are going to undermine any preparations that are directed against our people, because it seems that the new regime hasn't understood the lesson of the ... (indistinct) regime of Haile Selassie. The dreams of (indistinct) highly annexationist policy should have an end. Of course, we are not against a political settlement for the conflict on the basis of self-determination and independence for our country, not at all. But it seems so far that Ethiopia policy of Haile Selassie. It is better for the new military junta in Ethiopia to go into talks with the Eritrean Liberation Front, so that they might start to put an and to the misery of the Ethiopian people, whom we know are not part of this aggressive force."
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Background: The Eritrean Front (ELF) announced in Damascus, Syria, on Saturday (1 February) that they have launched a full-scale attack on main Ethiopian cities, including Asmara, capital of Eritrean Province.
An ELF spokesman, Mr Omar Alim, said the attack was directed at military targets and against the Ethiopian Army Command to weaken preparations by the authorities, aimed at "massacres and a new war of annihilation" in their country.
However, he repeated the Front's readiness to hold negotiations on a political settlement based on the right of self-determination and independence for Eritrea.
The Front has been fighting for Eritrea's independence since 1963 when the former Italian Colony was integrated into Ethiopia as a province.
Meanwhile, it was reported on Saturday (1 February) that 16 people were killed in a night of fighting between secessionist guerrillas and army units in the outskirts of Asmara.