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As Sudan occupy territory, Ethiopia says effort to resolve border issues will continue

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. 

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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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  1. Subject: “As Sudan occupy territory, Ethiopia says effort to resolve border issues will continue”

    Brief Commentary, 30 Dec 2020

    Ethiopia’s action is based on maturity and far-sightedness.

    Sudan’s action is surprising and UNLIKE its characteristic. It is very surprising. Perhaps my admiration and love for the Sudanese People is taking every suspicion out of me. My admiration for the Sudanese People is based — perhaps naively — by my childhood elementary school teacher (English Language) being a Sudanese, I met my teacher in Addis Ababa many, many, many moons later ………… Ah………….. wonderful memory. I pray, the relationship between Sudan and Ethiopia would be like what it was for many years.

    I am convinced that Egypt has everything to do with the strange development between Ethiopia and Sudan. Egypt will do anything and everything to have its own way, without a trace of understanding the position and desire of Ethiopia. The problem with Egypt is its NEGATIVE RACIAL attitude upon the Black RACE of AFRICA. PERIOD!!!! There is NOTHING else!!!!!

    The Leaders of Egypt DO NOT have an iota of sympathy to the development and crucial needs of the Black RACE. FULL STOP.

  2. As we all clearly know it, Sudan has betrayed it’s closest ally, brotherly neighbor and undoubtedly , very loyal, loving, resolute and extremely trust worthy neighbor, the great nation of ETHIOPIA, in my humble opinion, unfortunately for flip flapping Sudan.
    In a real world of politics, negotiations, diplomatic arena Sudan has been extremely wobbly in the middle of critical issues, in which it has agreed upon, stipulated, signed and constituted an agreement with ETHIOPIA , in regards to border and GERD ( Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam) issues which has been believed to be as beneficial and critically essential to both countries, but yet, Sudan kept pocking ETHIOPIA in the eyes and disregarded it’s agreement with ETHIOPIA and started prostituting every pertinent issues between ETHIOPIA and the Pharaohs.
    Despite all of these obstacles that Sudan created for ETHIOPIA, the always proudly ETHIOPIA and its populous kept it’s stance and resolve towards Sudan and kept pushing for peaceful resolutions in regards to the pertaining issues for both countries, in return Sudanese army illegally penetrated in to the ETHIOPIAN territory and claimed it, it’s their territory, Despite all of these, the positive, forward looking, peace loving mother land ETHIOPIA is still insisting for a peaceful resolutions with Sudan and left the communication channels wide open for dialogue, but the loosed Sudanese government who thought they can take an advantage of the inside conflict in Tigray region, thinking that ETHIOPIA is weakened and it’s galant defense forces are stretched to the maximum, is undoubtedly waiting for an excruciating rude awakening.
    ኢትዮጵያ: ታበፅህ: እደዊሃ: ሐበ: እግዚአብሔር::

  3. You are absolutely correct. Most definitely the Pharaohs has their ugly dirty hands, in the behavior of Sudan, however I held Sudan responsible for it’s reckless actions towards ETHIOPIA. Sudan made huge mistakes and in retrospect their will ramifications and consequences, that will dauern and fly in the face of Sudan.


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