Ethiopia condemns Sudan’s “escalation, provocative” handling of border conflict

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The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has condemned Sudan’s “escalation and provocative” handling of the ongoing border conflict.

Ethiopia “condemns in the strongest possible terms the escalation and provocative behavior of the government of Sudan regarding the boundary issue between Ethiopia and the Sudan,” the ministry said in a statement issued late Thursday, stressing that any conflict between the two countries would only result in a colossal collateral damage and jeopardizes the well-being of the two nations.

“The Ethiopian government strongly believes that the conflict being trumpeted by the Sudanese government’s military wing could only serve the interests of a third party at the expense of the Sudanese people,” the statement read.

The Ethiopian government also indicated that the two governments have sufficient mechanisms to deal with any claims and counterclaims of the border or any territorial claims. It, however, said the Sudanese National Army “violated the basic principles of international law and peaceful settlements of disputes by unceremoniously invading Ethiopia” in early November 2020.

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According to the ministry, the Sudanese side has also “overturned and undermined” the efforts of the joint boundary committees that have been working to finalize the re-demarcation process of the common boundary. It also accused the Sudanese army of looting properties, burning camps, attacking and displacing thousands of Ethiopians and controlling vacated Ethiopian Military Camps.

The Ethiopian government also underscored that what is needed now is a political will of the two governments, which would enable them to reach an amicable solution.

According to the ministry, the Ethiopian government, while reiterating its commitment for a peaceful settlement of the boundary issue, called upon the government of Sudan to reverse the aggression, desist from provocation and resort to a peaceful settlement of the boundary issue.

The Ethiopian government also called upon “brotherly” African countries to advise the Sudanese government to finalize the border issues through available mechanisms in a peaceful manner.

Amid the escalating tensions between the two countries, the Sudanese Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that the country has summoned its ambassador to Ethiopia for consultations as tensions between the two neighbors have escalated in recent weeks over border disputes.

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The ministry did not give more details about why the ambassador was recalled. Khartoum’s move came amid rising tensions with Addis Ababa over the Al-Fashaqa border region, an area of fertile land settled by Ethiopian farmers that Sudan claimed to be within its boundary.

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