CBS Evening News for Monday, Mar 28, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) USSR -supported troops reported being defeated by rebels living in Eritrea, Ethiopia. Food noted powerful weapon in Ethiopian pols. Report introduced.
(Eritrea, Ethiopia: Doug Tunnell) Ethiopian rebels reported waging successful war against Africa's USSR -backed army. Eritrean guerrillas noted threatening government power in region. [US charge d'affaires James CLARK - comments on guerrillas' attacks.] Eritrean guerrillas noted fighting for independent from Emperor Haile Selassie and pro-USSR government Rebels noted defeating USSR -supported troops; details given, scenes shown. [CLARK - says government troops on defensive.] Rebels noted now attacking food convoys. [UN World Food Program spokesperson David MORTON - describes burning food.] [Eritrean People's Liberation Front leader Issayas AFEWORKI - says government using food as front.] Food earmarked for starving Ethiopians noted being fed to army; details given, scenes shown. [AFEWORKI - comments on food donated to Ethiopian hungry going to army first.] United States government noted donating food to EPLF. [AFEWORKI - says United States government officials threatened to cut food supplies if EPLF didn't do as told.] Both sides noted using food as political weapon.