Tension grows along Sudan-Ethiopia border – Sudan Tribune, KHARTOUM

July 8th, 2008 Print Print Email Email

A row has erupted between the Khartoum and Addis Ababa following the defection of an Ethiopian official to Sudan.

The governor of Asosa town in Western Ethiopia Ahmed Khalifa fled to the capital city of Damazin in the Blue Nile state for unknown reasons, according to the daily Al-Hayat published in London.
The newspaper said that Khalifa was accused by the Ethiopian authorities of offering concessions to Sudan on border issues. Sudan has turned down a request by its Eastern neighbor to hand over Khalifa.

The report quoting unidentified Sudanese officials said that Ethiopian forces have been chasing Bani Shangol armed opposition members inside Sudan near the towns of Kurmuk and Gaissan.

But Atem Garang, a senior southern official and deputy national parliament speaker said that Bani Shangol opposition movements are supported by Eritrea and denied any involvement by the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS).

Some observers speaking to Al-Hayat expressed fears that Addis Ababa could retaliate to what it perceives as support to its dissident by arming Darfur rebels.

The Sudanese army today issued a statement accusing Ethiopian forces of attacking Hantoub Mountains and killing one policeman.

The Sudanese army spokesperson Osman Al-Agbash said the attack “represents another cycle of international conspiracy on our natural resources and economic gains”.

Al-Agbash said Ethiopia violated an agreement that allows Sudanese troops to be stationed in the area. He further said a joint committee with Ethiopia will commence to discuss the incident.

The semi-autonomous South Sudan has long borderline with Ethiopia and the two sides have signed several agreements last month to promote transport, education and economic development in the border areas.

  1. aselefu
    | #1

    Ethiopians fighting with Sudan??? what next? what happened to the border issue? What happened now? are people high on something since they are trying to get ethiopians and sudannese to fight. Ethiopians and sudaneese are brothers and sister. The sudaneese government is regreting fighting a covert war against dergue and helping the ungratefull shabia.
    Accept the fact that Ethiopians and sudaneese now know who their real enemies are and that their days are counted.
    Its time for a regime change in eritrea.

  2. | #2

    hi aselfu why are u calling your name aselefu why u not calling ur name weyane…..u see weyanes they don’t went to face the reiality.all round ethiopia is on fire now .the fire will get off when all weyaneas are burned with aselfu.look east west north … south every where is fire no place to run the big worry is if eritrea start to atack weyane what gone happen u will be in side the fire roasted roasted that is what weyane deserve nad aselefu as well…..

  3. aselefu
    | #3

    Dear Ms Tebebu.
    The fact of the matter s that Ethiopia is the safest country in Africa. I wont resort to name calling with Ms Tebebu because I dont want to sink to the same level as her.
    What bothers me is that Ethiopia’s name could be associated with the likes of you. If you are an Ethiopian, please improve your English because Ethiopia needs all the help she can get. Your present knowledge tends to confuse people. If you are non-ethiopian, then your knowledge capacity is limited so I will understand where you are coming from.
    We wont let Ethiopia burn.

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