Sudan, Ethiopia to complete border demarcation this year Sudan tribune

January 18th, 2016 Print Print Email Email

January 17, 2016 (KHARTOUM) – The technical committee tasked with redrawing the border between Sudan and Ethiopia said it would complete its work on the ground during this year.

In November 2014, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Sudan’s President Omer al-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.

The head of the technical committee Abdalla al-Sadig told the semi-official Sudan Media Center (SMC) that the border demarcation between Sudan and Ethiopia doesn’t face any problems.

He pointed out that the length of the border with Ethiopia is about 725 km, saying the process of demarcation is proceeding properly.

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.

On Saturday, Sudan’s foreign minister Ibrahim Ghandour told the Qatar-based Aljazeera TV that Sudan and Ethiopia are working together to curb the activities of Ethiopian gangs inside Sudanese territory.

He stressed that Al-Fashaga is a Sudanese territory, saying the government allowed Ethiopia farmers to cultivate its land as part of the cooperation between the two countries.

“However, Ethiopia is committed and acknowledges that [Al-Fashaga] is a Sudanese territory,” he said.

Ghandour pointed to joint meetings between the two countries at the level of the presidency to discuss borders issues.

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.

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.

DISPUTE OVER HALAYEB

Regarding the dispute with Egypt over Halayeb triangle, al-Sadig said Khartoum has documents clearly proving that the area is a Sudanese territory.

He pointed that Sudan has not engaged in meetings with the Egyptian side on Halayeb, saying the issue could be referred to international arbitration as was the case during the dispute between Egypt and Israel over Taba area.

“We don’t oppose [referral of the case to the] international arbitration to resolve the issue particularly as Sudan has maps as well as legal and historical documents proving that Halayeb and Shalateen are part of the Sudanese territory,” he said.

The Halayeb triangle overlooks the Red Sea and has been a contentious issue between Egypt and Sudan since 1958, shortly after Sudan gained independence from British-Egyptian rule.

The contested border area has been under de facto Egyptian administration since the mid-1990s, but both countries have jockeyed for its control for over a century.
Egypt brushed aside Sudan’s repeated calls for referring the dispute to international arbitration.

Earlier this month, Sudan’s foreign minister Ibrahim Ghandour told a group of Egyptian politicians in Cairo that the dispute over Halayeb area can’t be resolved by “imposing a fait accompli” but through dialogue or by referring the case to the concerned international institutions.

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  1. Development without Freedom
    | #1

    Terrorist Waynes are making land deal with a wanted criminal in Sudan. But Bashier must know the deal has no legality and it is only made possible because Ethiopia does not have national army.
    If Sudan wants to avoid future conflict, it must refrain from stealing Ethiopian land.

  2. yilma
    | #2

    the gun totting tplf , that seized power by violence and murder has no legitimacy and any deal made is invalid.
    tplf has been selling /leasing land to arabs, indians, at will and then breaking the deal .

  3. ዘውዱ
    | #3

    I was hoping somebody with legal expertise would write about the invalidity of this treasonous act by this Apartheid government.
    To my knowledge,there never was border land claim by Sudanese governments during the previous two governments of Ethiopa. If it were a genuine claim, why wasn’t the issue brought up then? It is because there was no legitimate claim.
    Even if there was,it had become mute at the independence of Sudan from G.B. because the existing administrative borders were to be respected as the official borders. Why is AU sitting silent when its cardinal law is being violated? This violation of Ethiopian territorial integrity will open a can of worms for the whole continent. This crime has to be brought to a stop because if this goes through,neighbouring countries will make deals with armed opposition groups the same way these two rouge governments did when TPLF was fighting for independence. This handover of Amhara land is a pay back for the big favours Sudan gave to TPLF.

  4. anon
    | #4

    In all likely hood this land give away is being done under weyane initiative. For one thing weyane came to power with its demagogue of hate and as a sworn enemy of Ethiopian central highlanders. The rumor of this land giving away has been in public for years. But its timing might have to do weyanes realization that Ethiopians have determined to remove her from power. It could be its timing now might have in view about weyanes survival strategy than anything else. Sudan is political muscle is much weaker now than it has ever been. And weyanes BREKEKA to Sudan can only be a face saving strategy for the D-day to come.

  5. Development without Freedom
    | #5

    Amazing, Ethiopian farmers who defend their land are called gangs by Hailemariam Desalegn and Omer al-Bashir, the two true gangs and criminals who steal elections and declare themselves winners by 100% votes, kill protesters, incite ethnic violence, etc.
    Ethiopian farms should continue to resist and defend their lands until they have a national army.

  6. Development without Freedom
    | #6

    “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.”

    The above statement seems made-up story because Italian colonizers were not in the area in 1908.

  7. Development without Freedom
    | #7

    Criminal Bashir is allowed to steal Ethiopian lands, as if the water he already gets from the country, with fertile soil, is not enough. He is taking advantage of internal enemies who have the habits of prostituting, selling lands and sea coasts. In a country which has a national army and government, these kinds of treasonous acts are unimaginable, and those responsible will be severely punished.

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