Ethiopia Pursuing Peaceful Means to Reclaim Land Occupied by Sudan

ADDIS ABABA – The government of Ethiopia is pursuing peaceful means to regain its land forcefully occupied by Sudanese troops late 2020, according to Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen.

Demeke, who is also Deputy Prime Minister, said this while responding to the question raised by members of parliament on Tuesday.

However, Khartoum saw the law enforcement operation in the northern Ethiopian region in November, 2020, as an opportunity to send its troops into Ethiopian territory and invade the farmlands.

Demeke said the move violated their agreement that displaced many Ethiopians from their home and farmland and created an unfortunate tension, according to the Ethiopian News agency’s report.

The minister also criticized Sudan’s ongoing attempts to change the geography and demography of the invaded areas. “It is totally unacceptable,” he added.

As peace is the best gateway to solve the problem, he said Ethiopia has submitted the case to the international community.

Though the international community supports Ethiopia’s peaceful stance, it is dragging its feet in condemning Sudan’s invasion, provocation and injustice, he said.

The invasion could harm the relations between the two countries and cause unprecedented problems, Demeke said, stating the deep-rooted people-to-people ties of the two nations remain intact.

Ethiopia remains committed to find a lasting solution to the crisis through peace, said the minister, asserting the occupied lands will be restored.

On Eritrea

The Deputy PM indicated in his report that Ethiopia has good relations with neighboring countries.

“We are cooperating with Eritrea on the basis of mutual benefits,” Demeke stated, noting that various activities are underway to transform the existing relationship between the two countries to a strong economic partnership.

“We are working with the highest priority to put in place a cooperation frameworks to enhancing infrastructure development that would expedite border trade and the movement of people between the two countries as well as the utilization of ports, trade transactions, customs services among others with a view to ensuring the benefits of the people in the two countries,” Demeke  elaborated.