ADDIS ABEBA – South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has expressed readiness to mediate between Sudan and Ethiopia to end their border conflict, said Sudan’s Sovereign Council on Thursday.
Xinhua news agency reported that Chairman of Sudan’s Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan on Thursday met with Tut Gatluak, South Sudan’s presidential adviser on security affairs, who conveyed a verbal message from Kiir, the council said in a statement.
During the meeting, the report said Gatluak expressed President Salva Kiir readiness “to mediate between Sudan and Ethiopia to reach a political and diplomatic solution” for the escalating border dispute.
The two East African nations have been locked in a border dispute since Nov 9 when Sudanese forces crossed into Ethiopia to invade farmland.
Ethiopia wants Sudanese troops, who took advantage of the conflict in its northern region in November and occupied its farmland, to be withdrawn from the land they took over since the start of November.
For the dialogue over the border dispute to continue, the Ethiopian envoy to Sudan Yibeltal Aemro said the 1972 agreement signed between the two nations should be respected, among other things.
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”, the ambassador told Khartoum based diplomats convened by Sudan’s foreign ministry on Wednesday.