UAE Keen to Mediate Ethio-Sudan Border Dispute

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopian ministry of foreign affairs confirmed on Tuesday countries such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have shown interest to mediate the border with Sudan.

“Many countries, including the UAE, are offering us to mediate the Ethio-Sudan border dispute,” said Dina Mufti, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The government has expressed its appreciation for their initiatives, the spokesperson said while briefing reporters.

Addis Ababa has consistently been calling for the Sudanese army to return to its former position prior to November 6, 2020 – a couple of days after fighting broke in northern Ethiopia.

Sudan “exploited” Ethiopia’s preoccupation with the law enforcement process in Tigray and occupied the disputed area, officials said.

The border quarrel is over Al-Fashaqa, an agricultural area sandwiched between two rivers, where Ethiopia’s northern Amhara and Tigray regions meet Sudan’s eastern Gedaref state.

The fertile farmland is claimed by both countries and has been a flashpoint for conflict.

Last week, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed told Ethiopian lawmakers peaceful dialogue is the only option on the table that could solve the border problem.

Like Sudan, “Ethiopia also has many problems, and we are not ready to go to battle. We don’t need war,” he said. “It is better to settle it in a peaceful manner.”

The board dispute ignited amid tension over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, a mega-dam on the Blue Nile.