Border demarcation between Sudan and Ethiopia to resume next month

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November 23, 2015 (KHARTOUM) – Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said that redrawing the borders between Sudan and Ethiopia will begin next month according to a previous agreement with Sudan’s President Omer al-Bashir.

In November 2014, Desalegn and Bashir instructed their foreign ministers to set up a date for resuming borders demarcation after it had stopped following the death of Ethiopia’s former Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi.

Sudan’s state minister for foreign affairs Kamal al-Din Ismail told the official news agency (SUNA) that Desalegn told 2nd vice-president Hassabo Mohamed Abdel-Rahman on Monday that the demarcation will be resumed next month.
According to Ismail, Abdel-Rahman, who is currently visiting Addis Ababa, discussed with Desalegn the border and economic issues between the two countries.
He added that the meeting underlined the outcome and recommendations of the recent meeting of the Joint Sudanese- Ethiopian Higher Committee (JSEHC), stressing importance for cooperation in the various domains.
The Sudanese minister further pointed that Abdel-Rahman visited Bole Lemi industrial zone in Addis Ababa and learned about the various industrial products.
Farmers from two sides of the border between Sudan and Ethiopia used to dispute the ownership of land in the Al-Fashaga area located in the south-eastern part of Sudan’s eastern state of Gedaref.
Al-Fashaga covers an area of about 250 square kilometers and it has about 600.000 acres of fertile lands. Also there are river systems flowing across the area including Atbara, Setait and Baslam rivers.

Sudanese president Omer Al- Bashir and Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn sign a series of joint cooperation agreements in Khartoum 4 December 2013 (Photo SUNA)

Sudan’s Gadarif and Blue Nile states border Ethiopia’s Amhara region. The borders between Sudan and Ethiopia were drawn by the British and Italian colonisers in 1908.
Sudanese president Omer Al- Bashir and Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn sign a series of joint cooperation agreements in Khartoum 4 December 2013 (Photo SUNA)
The two governments have agreed in the past to redraw the borders, and to promote joint projects between people from both sides for the benefit of local population.
However, the Ethiopian opposition accuses the ruling party of abandoning Ethiopian territory to Sudan.
Source: Sudan Tribune

4 Comments

  1. Ethiopia is in the hand of its historical enemies for the last 2,5 decades. Practically, the country is neo-colonized. The is done fully using perpetrators (TPLF/EPRDF). All is done very systematically rather disguised. Nearly all Ethiopians know that the junta is operating against Ethiopia and against the interests of Ethiopians.
    It is quite apparent that the junta worked and will work in favor of Sudan because it is obliged to serve its masters (USA, UK and EU). Its masters rather the arrogant powers are busy with redrawing the glob, remaking history and more.
    Yet, all what TPLF/EPRDF has done against Ethiopia and Ethiopians will eventually be undone for the simple fact that is an enemy than a government of Ethiopia.

  2. The government of Ethiopia and Sudan, for the sake of both countries people Peace. Please think deep before you do a lot of mistakes. It is not easy unless you relied on documents and those people who are knowledgeable. Ethiopian government, you know that the British military commander even admit that no Ethiopian were there when he did the demarcation with Sudan government and the demarcation he did is completely unfair and wrong, because he gave Ethiopian land to Sudan. Unless otherwise you do the right demarcation this time, both countries will have unprecedented problems for ever.
    God be with the people of Ethiopia and Sudan.

  3. This border demarcation is big crime committed by the bandit TPLF/EPRDF against Ethiopians. TPLF/EPRDF is returning its favour to Sudan for the support it received in the bush and for leaving Egypt alone in the dialogue for the so called Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam(GERD). In any case, we do not recognize this back-door deal between the two dictators. All Ethiopians should stand together to confront TPLF/EPRDF. Surely, we do fight and take back our land when legitimate government is established.That will be time bomb and not too far!

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