Briefing from ROAPE Volume 14 Number 38
EPLF Second Congress
The second Congress of the Eritrean People's Liberation Front (EPLF) took place from 12-19 March 1987 at Orota in the Sahel region of Eritrea. It was attended by about 1500 delegates, observers and foreign guests. The EPLF was formally set up in 1977, two years after it had, informally, come into existence. This Second Congress, 10 years after the first, brought together the EPLF and the Eritrean Liberation Front/Central Leadership (also sometimes referred to as Central Command, CC), one of the three factions into which the former ELF had split, in what was called the ‘Unity Congress’ . This was the culmination of negotiations over three years which had brought together the two fighting forces in October 1986 under a unified command.