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  • Title: [SW News] (BBC Monitoring/AFM ) Ethiopian Radio reports Anti-Us, Uk Rally/Hundreds of Thousands Protests Un  Ultimatum In Addis Ababa
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  • Date :[15-May-2000 12:00:00 am ]


BBC Monitoring Service - United Kingdom ; 15-May-2000 12:00:00 am

"More than half a million" residents of Addis Ababa rallied on the city's Meskel Square on Monday to demonstrate against attempts by the United States and United Kingdom to press for UN sanctions on Ethiopia, Ethiopian radio reported.

The UN Security Council, which passed a resolution on Saturday urging both Ethiopia and Eritrea to stop fighting, said that it would meet again within 72 hours, the radio recalled.

The demonstrators sang traditional war songs in various languages and carried placards calling on the USA and UK to stop their "double standards", the radio said. The demonstrators voiced their "support for our government's commitment to defend the motherland", and said they did not want to be "equated with the rogue state of Eritrea".

"A significant portion of the demonstrators later marched to the American and British embassies, chanting slogans that urged both countries to stop adopting positions that were against the interests of Ethiopia," the radio said.

Source: Addis Ababa Radio Ethiopia external service, in English, 15 May 00 ]

Agence France Presse Intl. (AFM) ; 15-May-2000 12:00:00 am 

ATTENTION - RECASTS, ADDS Ethiopian statements /// Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators turned out in the Ethiopian capital Monday chanting anti-American and anti-British slogans in protest at Western efforts to impose sanctions on Ethiopia and Eritrea for reviving their bloody border war.

"We hate these two countries," shouted Mekonnen Yibrah, a 35-year-old demonstrator in Addis Ababa's Meskal square, where protesting youths pelted Western journalists with stones and sticks.

These sanctions should have been imposed a year or two ago, when Eritrea invaded our territory. Now, they are doing it as the Eritrean government is weakened, because our forces are progressing," he said.

"The United States and Great Britain want our death."

The UN Security Council, spurred on by Washington and London, gave Ethiopa and Eritrea until Monday to halt the trench warfare along their disputed border - a conflict UN diplomats have called the most senseless and deadly in Africa.

Both sides claim to have killed tens of thousands of enemey fighters since the combat resumed Friday following a three-month lull and a breakdown of UN-sponsored peace efforts.

UN members, angered that the two nations continue spending hundreds of millions of dollars on the war effort while seeking international aid to counter the effects of drought and famine, have indicated they could slap an arms embargo and other sanctions on the belligerents.

Responding to a television appeal by authorities for the public to "express their fury in the face of this unjust warning," protestors flocked to the British and US embassies Monday, with some youths pelting the British mission and passing cars with stones before being pushed back by riot police.

Other protestors, some bearing spears and traditional warrior face paints, burned a US flag and carried posters reading: "UN, shut up!" and "USA, GB, stop your double standards policy."

Both Ethiopia and Eritrea rejected the UN ultimatum, due to be discussed at a meeting later Monday in New York of the UN Security Council.

Ethiopia claimed on Monday to have achieved "total victory" on one of the three fronts in the war, while denying as "ridiculous" Eritrean claims to have caused more than 25,000 casualties in the Ethiopian ranks.

Ethiopia for its part said it had captured "25 strategic positions" along the mountainous border and desroyed eight divisions of the Eritrean army.

Yemane Kidane, a senior foreign ministry official, specifically denied Eritrean claims the Ethiopian army was launching suicidal "human wave attacks" on Eritrean lines.

"Human wave attacks assumes frontal attacks, which is a lie," he said.

"On day one, our forces outflanked the Eritrean forces from left and right of the trenches. There were no frontal attacks." he said.

"On day two, we attacked from behind after encircling the trenches, which resulted in total victory," he said.

The border war, which first erupted two years ago, flared following the failure of peace talks sponsored by the Organization of African Unity and a fruitless mission to the region last week by senior UN diplomats.

Both sides blamed the other for the negotiating breakdown. ___________________________________________________________________________________-

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