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Sudan needs to avoid proxy war, says Ethiopian Defense Chief

Ethiopia says the border issue with Sudan could be resolved though bilateral talk without mediation from a third party

Sudan _ Gen. Berhanu Jula
General Berhanu Jula (Screenshot from EBC video)

borkena
January 20, 2021 

Sudan and Ethiopia have been part of the tripartite talks on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) for more than nine years now. 

The Sudanese invasion of Ethiopian territories, which Sudan denies, was perhaps the last thing that Ethiopia expected as the latter’s defense force was undertaking a military operation in the Tigray region of Ethiopia against Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) since November 4, 2020. 

It has been confirmed from local sources that Sudan has occupied territories in North Western Ethiopia as deep as 50 kilometers within the Ethiopian border. 

So far, Ethiopia ruled out a military response to the Sudanese incursion with the hope that it would be resolved with a diplomatic effort — something that has not yet affected the withdrawal of Sudanese forces from the occupied territories. 

Ethiopia’s adherence to not enter into a border war with Sudan is premised on the belief that the entire government and people of Sudan are not supporting the invasion. It is a situation set up by a third party to drag Ethiopia into war with Sudan.  It is seen as a proxy war project. 

Ethiopian Defense Chief of Staff, General Berhanu Jula, on Tuesday had an interview with the state media — Ethiopian News Agency. 

“Sudan needs to be determined to abandon a snare of war set up by a third-party to resolve the problem through dialogue,” he said. 

He did not name a name. However, he was clear that the objective of setting Sudan up for war against Ethiopia is aimed at sabotaging the tripartite talk on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). 

“Behind the Sudanese incursions of Ethiopia’s sovereign territories is a third party with an objective to impede negotiation on the dam and its construction,” he said. 

Last week,  Head of Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC), General Abdul Fetah Al-Burhan claimed that Sudanese forces entered Ethiopia with invitation from Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. 

In a Press briefing on Wednesday, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Dina Mufti, said Sudan’s claim of invitation to occupy Ethiopian territories is completely wrong. He said that the Ethiopian government in no circumstance consented incursion of Sudanese forces in the Ethiopian territories:   

“Media are reporting that some Sudanese military officials are claiming to have got consent from the Ethiopian side to let the Sudanese army occupy the Ethiopian border areas as part of the scheme to support the law enforcement operation in Tigray. Ethiopia appreciates the Sudanese government for its cooperation with the government of Ethiopia during the former’s efforts in enforcing law and order in the country. However, it was surprising to see the Sudanese military misconstruing the friendly talks for cooperation along the borderlines of Ethiopia as a green light to encroach into Ethiopian lands. It should be clear that our government is responsible and sensitive to the sovereignty of the country and could not agree, by any means, to let a third party occupy Ethiopian lands.” 

Furthermore, the spokesperson expressed appreciation for countries with intention to mediate the two countries but said that Ethiopia still believes the issue could be resolved through bilateral dialogue. 

When the Sudanese leader, General Al Burhan ,visited sometime last week soldiers who occupied Ethiopian land, he told them we will not withdraw. “This is our land. We will die here,” based on a citizen report. 

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6 COMMENTS

  1. our brothers eritreans killed our children, mothers, aunts and uncles and great grand fathers !! . Ahwatina eritrewyiyan are heroes !! destroyed our heritages too. Words fail me to express and introduce you all those atrocities perpetrated by eritreans and those silences by eritrean refuges in abroad in a bid to remain innocent and cover up teh crimes committed by their people. eritrean refugees still contine to claim eritrea soldiers donot cross Ethiopian border .They just fear only for the safety of their family living in ethiopia and tigray is an exist for them to claim a better future overseas.

    they killed us because woyane killed them for over 45 years and made them to flee eritrea and live a luxurious life in Europe , US and UK.Excellent story drafted and dessiminated by PJDF and accepted by eritreans undoubtedly as word of Allah.Insha Allah !

    lastly, I donot see Oromo people condemning the war in Tigray and join their borthers and sisters in demonstration. You know many of soldiers in EDF, ethiopian forces are Oromos. Iis is our history and that of yours , afterall!

  2. Sudan needs to withdraw unconditionally becasue it is violating international law by invading Ethiopia. Sudan is practicing the law of the jungle by taking advantage of Ethiopia’s preoccupation in Tigrayto grab land from Ethiopia.

    It is opportunistic and high form of betrayal and worse a form of political prostitution to take advantage of a neighbor when they are down and out.

  3. Good Evening!! This is Mekele Bob reporting to you from the battle front. I just had a 2 hour interview with Chairman Mao Debre which I will post on our Eye Witness News broadcast tomorrow at 05:00 PM MMT. But for now I want to pass along a message from Chairman Mao Debre to you. Here it is:

    Hey guys!!! This is Chairman Mao Debre speaking!

    I am giving you an ultimatum. You have to return the entire region Tigray as it used to be under my fiefdom by the noon hour tomorrow. You have about 18 hours to comply. I will not accept if a single inch is chipped off from it’s original size or form. I repeat! You have 18 hours to return my Tigray in its original condition to me no later than 04:00PM MMT tomorrow . If you fail to comply with my ultimatum, I am gonna shoot myself between the eyes. That is right. I’m gonna kill myself if you don’t. So hurry up!!!!

    • Mr Farda, INSA agent , and all of you take part in this campaign as fullfledged cyber miltias since Colonel Abiy came to power.We acknowledge the fact that many of you were working hard for a long time , probably as of 1997 .All your efforts will pay you off and face the music sooner or later.

      We have the honor to inform you that Amhara mass media and ESAT jointly issued your honorary doctrate as of Today and you must send 250 Dollars for shipping your degree .

      tenchachachu amhara elites congarulations for your success in dismantling tigray with an extensive support from Somalia, UAE and Eritrean leader, your uncle from Gonder.

      Many of eritreans were happy to celebrate epiphany with you . Did you show them where many of your forefathers killed kids and women for Devil to drink their blood? You are born with magic and your people choose to doo any social activities after consulting debteras and local magicians . Amhara region is dominated by superstition.

      Your churches are overcroweded by men and women who come to talk to debteras and magicians who disguised themselves as nuns, monks and hermits while they recite book of satan and satanic version of little dog-eared books. Most of them arrive in remote churches to get their destiny foretold and win victiry over people living next door.

      jealousy , hate , savagery and superstiton and lies are the identity of amhara elites for years to come .People will identify you with those traits who you are and to whom you belong as a tribal memeber due to your barbaric act not we . A disgraced land and country as of 2021!!

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        Goodbye is goodbye!! Hasta La Vista!!! Forever that is to the goons at the top shelf of the new defunct TPLF who stole the organization from the noble people of Tigray!!!!!

        The noble people of Tigray had this tune blaring into the skies of their region since November:
        I said I’ve been down hearted, you ghouls!
        Ever since the day we met in 1975
        I said: Our relationship is nothing but the blues
        Goons, how blue
        Can you get?
        You’re evil when I’m with you
        And you’re murderous when we’re apart
        Yeah, I said “You’re evil”
        So evil!!!!

        I am just passing along what they said! Don’t kill the messenger here!!!

  4. There is bishoftu the delusional, who is the messenger and a slave of ETHIOPIA’s historical and traditional enemies, a world class ባንዳ: who sold his people and country for a monthly rent of his raggedy shack living-quarter.
    You’re in hell ባንዳ! ::

    ኢትዮጵያ: ታበፅህ: ዕደዊሃ: ሐበ: እግዚአብሔር::

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