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Ethiopian Envoy Tells Sudan to Respect Boundary Agreement

ADDIS ABEBA –  Ambassador of Ethiopia to the Sudan, Yibeltal Aemero, stressed the need for Addis Ababa and Khartoum to resolve their differences on the boundary peacefully as per the bilateral agreements and joint boundary mechanisms the two countries put in place.

The envoy said during a briefing session organized by the Sudanese foreign Ministry for Khartoum-based diplomats and international organizations on Wednesday.

The Ambassador particularly emphasized the significance of the Exchange of Notes made between the Foreign Ministers of the two countries on 18 July 1972 that provides for an amicable solution to the problem arising from settlement and cultivation North of Mount Dagelish.

As per the 1972 Exchange of Notes, prior to the re-demarcation of the Gwynn line North of Mount Dagleish, the Joint Special Committee should submit to the Joint Ministerial Commission a report containing an amicable solution to the problem arising from settlement and cultivation.

While Ethiopia pins hope on the outcome of the Joint Special Committee to propose an amicable solution as per the agreement, the Sudanese army took advantage of the internal situation in northern Ethiopia which began on Nov 4.

‘Don’t deserve this’

Sudanese troops crossed into Ethiopian territory on Nov 9 and looted property, burned civilian camps, killed and attacked Ethiopians while displacing thousands in flagrant violation of the 1972 Exchange of Notes.

The Ambassador said the move is “contrary to the spirit of friendship and cooperation existing between the two sisterly countries”.

Apart from farmlands and other areas, the Sudanese Army took control of vacated Ethiopian Military Camps.

“Ethiopia which has been on the side of the Sudanese people during all times of difficulties does not deserve such an attack from the Sudanese Army while it was busy managing its own internal affairs,” the Ambassador said.

All the recent unprecedented actions of the Sudanese Army will complicate the bilateral relations including the pending task of the re-demarcation of the common boundary with huge implications for peoples of the two countries and the region at large unless corrected urgently, the ambassador said.

All should be reversed 

He finally underscores Ethiopia’s firm commitment to peacefully resolve the boundary issue between Ethiopia and Sudan on the basis of the bilateral agreements reached and the joint boundary mechanisms put in place to handle the matter.

For the dialogue over border dispute to continue, Ethiopia urged for the 1972 agreement should be respected.

The Ambassador said, firstly, the recent intrusion by the Sudanese Army needs to be reversed and the pre-November 2020 status quo should be maintained as per the 1972 Exchange of Notes.

Second, the Joint Special Committee needs to finalize the task of proposing an amicable solution as per the 1972 Exchange of Notes to the problems arising from settlement and cultivation North of Mount Dagleish which is a prerequisite for the re-demarcation of the Gwynn Line North of Mount Dagleish.

Third, the joint boundary mechanisms put in place for the re-demarcation of the boundary need to be reactivated to discharge their mandates, he added.

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