ADDIS ABABA – Ministry of Foreign Affairs has rejected the misrepresentation of facts and unjust blame on Ethiopia by the Sudanese military regarding a skirmish that occurred at the common border of the two countries on June 22, 2022.
In a statement today, the Ministry said the incident took place within Ethiopian territory “after incursions by a Sudanese regular army unit supported by elements of the terrorist TPLF”.
The Ethiopian government, the statement said, regrets the loss of life as a result of a skirmish between the Sudanese army and a local militia. of which an investigation would be carried out soon.
“Whereas the above was what has transpired at the common border, the Government of Ethiopia categorically rejects the misrepresentation of these facts by the Sudanese defense forces that unjustly put the blame on Ethiopia while it was the Sudanese army unit that has crossed into the Ethiopian border provoking the incident,” said the ministry said.
Ethiopian officials expressed their hope that the Sudanese Government would restrain itself from any escalation of the incident and would take measures that could de-escalate the situation.
“The Government of Ethiopia believes that the incident was deliberately concocted to undermine the deep-rooted relations between the peoples of Ethiopia and the Sudan,” said the ministry.
On top of that, it further added that the incident was designed to destruct Ethiopia from its path of peace and development. Ethiopia is expected to fill its Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) for the third time, starting next August.
The government of Ethiopia remains committed to the principles of amicable resolution of differences among states, the ministry added.