Sudan declares full control of border territory settled by Ethiopians

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KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudan said on Thursday its forces had taken control of all of Sudanese territory in a border area settled by Ethiopian farmers, after weeks of clashes.

Ethiopia, for its part, accused its neighbour of sending forces into its territory for attacks.

Border tensions have reignited since the outbreak of a conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region in early November, which sent more than 50,000 mainly Tigrayan refugees fleeing into eastern Sudan.

Clashes have occurred in recent weeks over agricultural land in the al-Fashqa area, which lies within Sudan’s international boundaries but has been settled by Ethiopian farmers for years.

On Saturday, Sudan said it had taken control of most, but not all, of the territory. Acting Foreign Minister Omar Gamareldin told a news conference on Thursday it had now taken the rest.

Talks between the two countries over the border broke down last week. Sudanese officials say Ethiopia has not formally disputed the border, which was demarcated decades ago. But comments from Ethiopian officials suggest disagreement.

At a news conference on Tuesday, Ethiopia’s foreign ministry spokesman Dina Mufti accused Sudan of sending troops onto its land.

“The condition has reached a point where some (Sudanese) political leaders were saying it was their land, and they controlled their own land and they are not going to leave the land,” he said.

In an Independence Day address late on Thursday, the head of Sudan’s sovereign council said its troops had not left Sudan.

“Sudan has not and will not cross international borders or violate our neighbour Ethiopia,” General Abdelfattah al-Burhan said late on Thursday. He said Sudan was looking to solve the issue of trespassing farmers through dialogue.

Ethiopia has accused Sudan of carrying out attacks on the farmers starting in early November. Sudan has said the forces it has engaged with are trained and armed like regular troops.

Ethiopian spokesman Mufti also blamed Sudan’s behaviour on an unnamed third country, which he said was seeking instability in the region and occupying Sudanese land. That appeared to be a reference to Egypt, which summoned the Ethiopian charge d’affairs to demand an explanation for Mufti’s remarks.

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have so far failed to end a three-way dispute over the filling and operation of the billion-dollar Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which Egypt sees as a threat to its agricultural economy, and which began filling in July.

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  1. Hi Y’All!!!

    My family and I wish you a Happy, safe, healthy and rewarding year in 2021 and beyond. We also wish that gem of the colored and humanity, that sweetheart of humanity tucked in that corner of the world called Ethiopia peace, stability and prosperity in 2021 and the years to come.

    Happy New Year!!!

  2. Dear Brother Ammanuel Iyasu ,businessman retailing fake news at ASSena ATV

    you are fabricating lies after lies . Who gave you the message you aired about Eri soldiers who are killing our people , children , mothers and sisters, and at the same time telling us they are forced by PJDF and Abiy forces to kill Children of TIgray and loot our hard earned property and historical artifacts.

    The report you read is utterly fake letter that you and your friends created it to appease Tegarus to save the lives of your brothers captured by Tigray Forces and paint false image about your country. You were lairs and killers from time Immemorial and you are working to maintain the same savage postion in history.

    We will not forget that and tombs of our beloved ones will bear it .

    You are brought up with hate and revenge that your ancestors sow in your mind. That is why you know nothing except hate and insult.

    Isayas is defecating in your mind forever, swallow this reality or not . Eritreans are weak before any nationality except with habesha . We know it and you know it . We have seen you when you had trouble in Sudan and elsewhere . You do run hastly to save yourlife than defending yourself. Now, you kill innocent defenseless kids and women. YOu will inevitably pay the price . Eritreans are killing our people . We donot attribute this killing to PJDF or HIgdef but to Eritrean monsters.

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