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Ethiopia-Sudan border development conference kicks off on Thursday

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A road leading to Ethiopia-Sudan border (Photo Jamminglobal.com)
February 14, 2017 (KHARTOUM) – The 18th session of the conference on development of the joint Sudanese-Ethiopian borders will be held on Thursday in Mekelle, capital of Ethiopia’s Tigray region, said governor of Gadaref State.

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A road leading to Ethiopia-Sudan border (Photo Jamminglobal.com)
The two-day conference, which is held alternately between Sudan and Ethiopian regions, will discuss issues pertaining to farming in the joint borders, trade exchange and smuggling.

Governor of Gadaref State Mirghani Salih Sid Ahmed told the official news agency SUNA, that the conference would be held with the participation of the border states of Gadaref, Blue Nile, Sennar and Kassala from the Sudanese side and Benishangul-Gumuz and Amhara regions from the Ethiopian side.

He pointed that his state has completed its arrangements to participate in the conference, saying they would seek to retrieve the agricultural lands confiscated by Ethiopian farmers..

According to the governor, Gadaref state delegation will focus on issues to promote bilateral ties between the two countries besides ways to enhance trade exchange particularly after establishing the free-trade zone at Al-Galabat border area.

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Sid Ahmed added that their delegation would raise the issue of preventing Ethiopian farmers from growing Sudanese lands according to the 2004 agreement between the two countries.

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.

Sudan and Ethiopia agreed in 2004 to demarcate the 1,600 km-long border after tension over the distribution of disputed land to Ethiopian farmers following the intervention of the Ethiopian army to clear some Sudanese villages on the border.

However, the Ethiopian opposition accuses the ruling party of abandoning Ethiopian territory to Sudan.

Also, the border between the two countries is considered a major passageway for illegal migrants and human trafficking activities.

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Ethiopia and Sudan are engaged more and more in joint economic projects particularly on the border areas for the benefit of the people from the two sides.

In the past, Sudan worked for a tripartite regional cooperation including Eritrea but the border conflict between Asmara and Addis Ababa prevents for the time being such realization.

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  1. Most refugees in Sudan are Amaras.TPLF/EPRDF wants Sudan to hunt and kill Amaras that are hiding Sudan. Recently Ethiopian refugees are being hunted like dogs in Sudan with their own embassies giving hem a blind eye. Amara is being hunted by TPLF/EPRDF all over the world . TPLF/EPRDF is doing anything in it’s power including convincing foreigners to take action against Amaras to achieve TPLF’s ultimate goal of destroying Amara .TPLF/EPRDF wants life to be unbearable for Amaras anywhere in this world. Since I arrived in the diaspora over 20 years ago I never seen a single Tigrayan man that don’t look at me with hateful eyes. Personally I feel the hate ,the jealousy , the disrespect and so on every time I encounter a Tigrayan man especially from those that are about 50 years old or younger.

    TPLF is claiming Lalibella is Tigray trying to change history and paint a picture that Tigrayans are the only pure christian Ethiopians while Amaras are less inferior Christians. Christian Ethiopians are being forced to change their religion and take refuge in Mosques in Sudan since TPLF/EPRDF is making sure Amaras don’t live peacefully whether in Ethiopia or outside Ethiopia. TPLF/EPRDF embassies actually encourages Sudan government to abuse Amaras that is why the TPLF/EPRDF gave huge lands of Ethiopia to create friction between Sudaneese people and those Ethiopians that want their land returned. In Middle East and Africa an Ethiopian gets the lowest type of hospitality compared to a person from anyother country in the world because TPLF/EPREDF wants to keep it that way. Remember Meles zenawi had a Yemeni citizenship for many years . TPLF/wants the mostly Amaras refugees in Sudan to loose their identity by becoming muslim just as Meles Zenawi did when he was running from Derg.

    Currently 99% of Ethiopian diasporas are on a slave status with their embassies, the diplomats are put there in foreign lands as a diplomat to make sure this slaves send money . The embassies jobs are simply to beg for money from governments and beg money from diasporas ,as long as money keeps pouring in they don’t care who or where looses their human rights. If all diasporas stop sending money maybe then Ethiopian embassies will start doing their job,as long as diasporas keep sending money that’s all the embassies want from the diasporas that is why the embassies don’t lift a finger to do any extra work like stading for rights of Ethiopians in the diaspora.Actually TPLF/EPRDF wants to keep diaporas with little to no knowledge about their rights as a human being.
    TPLF/EPRDF doesnot want Ethiopians to entertain any human rights when they go outside the country because those diasporas that are introduced to their rights as a human bein tend to educate people that live in Ethiopia about the type of rights a human being should entertain even in Ethiopia. That is why TPLF/EPRDF calls diasporas that talk about human rights issues “TOXIC DIAPORAS”. 99% are called “SLAVE DIASPORAS” since this 99% keep on sending money even if there is a call to stop sending money for the first three months of year 2017.oppositions asked and are still asking diasporas to stop sending money to ETHIOPIA for three months which started 01/2017 upto 03/2017, then decrease the money being sent from diaspora to Ethiopia by 1/3rd for 6 months starting from 04/2017 UPTO 09/2017 to hurt the Woyane economy and maybe then the embassies will reevaluate themselves. .

    More than 90 percent of Ethiopian economy is controlled by the minority Tigrean rulers, so if stoping sending money was implemented quickly, efficiently and simultaneously, it could have been detrimental in contributing to a speedy overthrow of the ruling power.There are millions of Ethiopians across the globe who are sending money to support their family. Diaspora Ethiopians are sending more than $3.5 billion of hard currency that is directly feeding the foreign reserve need of the country. If Ethiopians reduce sending money at least by one third, let alone stop sending at all, it will reduce the foreign currency inflow by 1 Billion. Reduction of 1 Billion, out of the current two-month capacity of the country to import, could help weaken economic power of the regime. If importing capacity is reduced to 1-month range, industrial and agricultural inputs will be reduced by huge among that will have a multiplier effect in reducing production of basic necessities like food crops, cloths, flours, sugar, edible oils, medical, cleaning and sanitary merchandises. Then shortage in supply above demand will cause inflation and many businesses firms will be forced to lay-off their workers, hence high unemployment. The current Ethiopians suffering over Woyane’s mass killing and imprisonment, torturing and democratic right violation; denial for accessing information of TV, Telephone, Internet and social media when accompanied with chronic starvation, high cost of living due to inflation and high unemployment will severely damage TPLF ability to govern and speed up its fast destruction. So I suggest people both inside and outside Ethiopia should stringently implement such alternative strategies in the fight against our enemy. I am the Woyane Generation, but me and millions of the young generation born and grown up during this period defy Woyane and are fighting to overthrow this greedy, uncivilized and barbaric regime.

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