Sudan wants Ethiopia to discuss demarcating the border after the Sudanese forces occupied up to 40 kilometers inside the Ethiopian territory. Eritrea moved its army to the border area with Sudan.
December 30, 2020
In a weekly brief, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Ambassador Dina Mufti, said that Ethiopia will continue with the effort to resolve the border issues with Sudan.
The statement came about a week after local authorities in Ethiopia confirmed that mechanized Sudanese forces made an incursion into the Ethiopian territory — in some places up to 40 kilometers deep inside Ethiopia.
A report by Sudanese sources, including Sudan Tribune, indicated last week about Sudanese claims that the country has recovered up to 70 percent of territories that used to be under what they call occupation of Ethiopia.
Ethiopia exercised caution not to respond militarily to the Sudanese incursion — which came at a time Ethiopia is dealing with the task of normalization of Tigray region following a two weeks war that crashed Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in the north and responding to an orchestrated massacre of hundreds of innocent civilians in the western parts of the country that borders with Sudan too.
The Ethiopian position is, as stated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Sudanese invasion of Ethiopia is instigated by a third party that seeks to see the two countries in war. But the authorities did not name names. Given the difference between Ethiopia and Egypt on the issue of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), and alleged efforts in the past by Egypt to create widespread instability in Ethiopia sometimes by funding militant dissidents and at other times by infiltrating ethnic-based administrations in different parts of Ethiopia, chances are the reference is to Egypt.
Also, there seems to be an understanding among Ethiopian officials that not all Sudanese government officials are in support of the invasion of Ethiopia.
However, Ethiopia made it clear this week that it will have to respond militarily if Sudanese Forces continue to occupy Ethiopian territories. At this writing, a vast area of land in the northwestern part of the country is under the control of Sudanese forces.
According to local authorities, agribusinesses in the region were destroyed by Sudanese forces and at least 50 investors fled the area following Sudanese attack.
According to a report by Sudan Tribune published on December 29, 2020, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen called on, during a meeting with Sudanese authorities in Khartoum, the withdrawal of Sudanese Forces and compensation for Ethiopian farmers whose properties were destroyed during the Sudanese invasion of the Ethiopian territories.
The number of human casualties on the Ethiopian side is unspecified yet.
After controlling Ethiopian territories by force, Sudanese authorities reportedly called for the demarcation of the border between the two countries.
Meanwhile, Eritrea reportedly moved mechanized troops in the areas that borders with Sudan — a development to which the Sudanese government did not respond to.
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