Ethiopia Offers Joint Probe with Sudan into Deadly Border Incident

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has called for a joint investigation after Sudan accused Ethiopian militias carrying out a deadly attack on its army personnel and civilians.

Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, after expressing its deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims of both countries, said the two nations “should work together through existing military mechanisms to address the situation”.

The two nations should also “jointly investigate circumstances surrounding the incident” in the “spirit of containing the situation on the ground and avoiding any further tension”, according to the Ministry.

Sudan’s state-media, SUNA, alleged that the attack on Thursday targeted a camp in the eastern city of al-Qadarif while a Sudanese military spokesman blamed militias “supported by Ethiopia” for the attack.

The attack reportedly killed and wounded “a number of officers and personnel of the armed forces and Sudanese citizens. No other details were given.

The two countries have not yet demarcated their border. The leaders of the two nations have recently initiated talks to resolve the issue which started with a formation of a body to deal with the situation.

The latest incident happened days after the countries hold a high-level joint committee on the subject in Addis Ababa. Ethiopia believes such a meeting could help resolve the issue.

“We are of the view that such incidents are best addressed through diplomatic discussion based on the cordial and friendly relation and peaceful coexistence between the two countries,” Ethiopia’s foreign ministry said.

The high-level meeting – which will also discuss illegal activities in area between the two countries’ border, is scheduled to continue in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, by the end of June.