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Abiy Ahmed: ‘We don’t want war’ with Sudan

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By Rédaction Africanews with AFP
March 23, 2021

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said Tuesday his country did not want war with Sudan, as tensions over a contested region along their border spark fears of broader conflict.

“Ethiopia also has many problems, and we are not ready to go to battle. We don’t need war. It is better to settle it in a peaceful manner,” Abiy told parliament in remarks translated into English for a live TV broadcast.

He stressed later that Ethiopia “did not want war” with their neighbour over this decades-old territorial dispute, describing Sudan as a “brotherly country” whose people loved Ethiopia.

The border quarrel is over Al-Fashaqa, an agricultural area sandwiched between two rivers, where Ethiopia’s northern Amhara and Tigray regions meet Sudan’s eastern Gedaref state.

The fertile farmland is claimed by both countries and has been a flashpoint for conflict, most recently as fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region sent some 60,000 refugees fleeing into Sudan.

As violence in Ethiopia came closer, Khartoum sent troops into the Al-Fashaqa region, “to recapture the stolen lands and take up positions on the international lines,” Sudan’s state media reported.

In December, Khartoum dispatched reinforcements to Al-Fashaqa after “Ethiopian forces and militias” allegedly ambushed Sudanese troops, killing at least four soldiers.

A string of deadly clashes followed, with both sides trading accusations of violence and territorial violations.

Sudan has in recent weeks claimed to have regained control of large swathes of the region, insisting it had always fallen within its boundaries.

Meanwhile, Addis Ababa accused Khartoum of having “invaded land that is part of Ethiopia’s territory”, warning it would resort to a military response if needed.

The tit-for-tat exchanges stoked fears of a wider conflict erupting between the regional rivals.

It comes amid tension over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, a mega-dam on the Blue Nile, which downriver Khartoum and Cairo view as a threat to their water supply.

2 Comments

  1. According to the current Ethiopian constitution, the fertile farmland of AL-Fashaqa is not owned by the investor farm developer AL-Amoudi.

    AL-Fashaqa is owned by the Ethiopian government per the current Ethiopian constitution.

  2. Hey, man-child, it is not that you do not want war with Sudan, but it is because you have no army to fight in two wars, in Tigray and with the Sudan. Your army is extend to the limit in Tigray. You have plunged Ethiopia into a quagmire from which it won’t be able to extricate itself. What are you going to do after your pal, the dictator in the brutal North, dies or gets toppled?
    You have betrayed the Eritrean people who prayed for you and blessed you when you first visited Eritrea. They hoped you were sent to them by God, and believed that you would influence the Satan to change his ways and not the other way around.
    You have created animosity between Amhara and Tigray that will take hundreds of years to heal. It’s clear to all Tigrayans and the entire world, you did not declare war on TPLF but on the entire Tigrayan population.
    As for the Tigrayans, they have no alternative but to fight until the end. In the end, there is no doubt they will defeat the Abiy and Amhara’s forces, and no nation will have the moral standing to tell them to stay with a nation that invited foreign forces to massacre, loot, destroy their properties and lives, to rape, and starve them to death.
    Tigray will be an independent nation. But I wish the divorce had been amicable, especially with their neighbors, the Amharas. But it won’t be.

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