Johannesburg, South Africa. May 26 2000
After its battlefield success, Ethiopia
was in no mood to accommodate Eritrea's calls for peace. Meanwhile some
300 000 Eritreans were in need of emergency food relief.
By DAVID GOUGH in Nairobi
Ethiopia claimed victory in its two-year
war with Eritrea yesterday following its capture of Zalambessa, denying
Eritrean claims that it voluntarily withdrew from the key border town.
"They were thrashed, they were kicked
out, they were destroyed," an Ethiopian government spokesperson, Selome