ADDIS ABABA – There are mechanisms that Ethiopia and Sudan can utilize to resolve their border dispute without resorting to conflict, said Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Demeke Mekonnen.
The minister said this during his meeting with Addis Ababa-based African Ambassadors and Diplomats on Thursday.
Demeke’s briefed the diplomats on the recent incident on the Ethiopia-Sudan common border, the ongoing peace-building initiatives of the government, and negotiations over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
– Border dispute –
Appreciating the vibrant and longstanding relationships between the peoples of Ethiopia and Sudan, Demeke said there are various standing mechanisms the two countries can utilize to resolve the border dispute without resorting to conflicts.
The Government of Ethiopia is ready to solve the border dispute peacefully and amicably, he told the diplomats.
The minister further called on the Government of Sudan to refrain from unnecessarily escalating tensions and internationalizing the issue.
In connection with the recent incident at the Ethiopia-Sudan common border, Demeke said the incident was orchestrated and organized by the Sudanese military forces in tandem with the TPLF terrorist group.
– Peace Initiative –
“To give a peaceful resolution to the conflict in the Northern part of Ethiopia, and since peace is in the best interest of the Ethiopian people, the government has shown commitment by taking confidence-building measures,” the minister said.
The federal government is committed to ensuring enduring peace in the country, he told the diplomats. He also called on the international community to put pressure on the TPLF to refrain from its provocations for another round of conflict.
Demeke also spoke about the establishment of the National Dialogue Commission, which is expected to facilitate an all-inclusive dialogue among the peoples of Ethiopia and address the age-old ills of the country.
The declaration of the Indefinite Humanitarian Truce, the provision of unfettered access to humanitarian partners operating in the Tigray region, and the release of high-profile political figures from prison demonstrate the government’s commitment to end the conflict with the TPLF peacefully and pave the way for the success of the National Dialogue, according to Demeke.
– GERD –
On trilateral negotiations over the GERD, the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister said Ethiopia, as always, is ready to play a constructive role to solve the matter amicably with downstream states.
The minister also expressed Ethiopia’s commitment to support the AU-led peace initiative.
He concluded his briefing by commending African countries for standing in solidarity with Ethiopia at its trying moment.