Sudan Accuses Ethiopia of Violating Historic Border Deals, Warns of Consequences

Maaz Tango, head of Sudan’s National Borders Commission, on Wednesday, accused Ethiopia of violating the historical border agreements signed between the two countries.

The foreign ministry said Sudanese armed forces have pushed into Ethiopian territory, occupying farms and looting properties.

Tango, who briefed the ambassadors, diplomats, and representatives of regional and international organisations to Sudan on the dimensions of the border dispute between the two countries, said: “The Ethiopian encroachments upon the Sudanese territory have continued since 1957.”

“Ethiopia also evaded its obligations in the border agreements which could be traced back to as early as 1903,” he added.

According to the Sudanese official, his country has all the documents supporting its position and its sovereignty over the lands entered by the Ethiopian Armed Forces.

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Earlier in the day, the Sudanese foreign ministry said an Ethiopian military plane penetrated the Sudanese border in what it termed as “a serious and unjustified escalation”.

The ministry said the incident “could have dangerous consequences, and cause more tension in the border area”.

Sudan asked Ethiopia not to repeat “such hostilities in the future given their dangerous repercussions.”

Since September 2020, the Sudan-Ethiopia border has been witnessing rising tensions and skirmishes between the two sides.

The two countries share a 750km (466-mile) border and conflicts have been common over the decades particularly along the al-Fashaga area.

The border area of Fashaga between Sudan and Ethiopia, one of the five localities of Sudan’s Gadaref State, often witnesses deadly attacks by Ethiopian militias during the preparation for the farming season.

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Sudan on its part condemned what it termed as aggression by Ethiopia’s militias in the al-Quraysha region in the east.

The two countries are also separately involved in three-way talks with Egypt over the future of Africa’s biggest hydropower dam, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, being built along the River Nile.

Latest round of talks being mediated by the African Union collapsed on Sunday with no agreement.

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