Briefing journalists on Tuesday, Spokesperson of the Ministry Ambassador Dina Mufti said the Sudanese force is encroaching more lands in violation of the agreement reached between the two neighboring countries at different times.
Ethiopia has been working patiently to resolve the matter through dialogue, realizing that war will not be an option for the dispute, the Spokesperson said.
Any type of unilateral exercise is not helpful in finding a lasting solution and what Sudan is doing at the moment is unprecedented he said adding ‘tolerance has its limit;
“If Sudan does not stop expanding into Ethiopian territories, Ethiopia will be forced to launch a counter-offensive,” the Spokesperson said.
He said Sudanese authorities turned deaf ears to Ethiopia’s call for peaceful resolution of the territorial disputes; rather they took Ethiopia’s silence as “weakness”.
Last Friday, the Ethiopian Boundary Commission issued a statement in which it stated that “the Ethiopian-Sudanese border has been the subject of disputes between the two countries for more than a century. What Sudan is doing breaches the border agreement the two countries signed at different time.
Reports reveal that the work of a technical committee for demarcating the borders between the two countries was suspended in 2013.
Dina blamed third parties which he said are working to take advantage of the current situation by pushing the two countries into war,
The Spokesperson said that Ethiopia would be forced to defend its territorial integrity if Sudanese authorities are not willing to resolve the dispute through diplomatic means.
January 16, 2021 – (KHARTOUM) – The head of the Sudanese Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, disclosed Saturday that he had agreed with the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to deploy the Sudanese troops to secure the borders between countries.
On the first of November 2020, days before the attack of the Ethiopian federal army on the TPLF forces in Tigray region, al-Burhan travelled to Ethiopia together with Omer Gamar Eldin the Foreign Minister, Jamal Abdel Majeed the head of the General Intelligence Service, and Yasir Mohamed Osman the head of the Military Intelligence.
Al-Burhan told a gathering of businessmen and entrepreneurs to support the Sudanese army that his army has no intention to wage war against Ethiopia. He added that the army has been deployed within the Sudanese borders.
“I visited Ethiopia shortly before the events, and we agreed with the Prime Minister of Ethiopia that the Sudanese armed forces would close the Sudanese borders to prevent border infiltration to and from Sudan by an armed party,” he said.
“Actually, this is what the (Sudanese) armed forces have done to secure the international borders and have stopped there,” he further added.
His statements suggest that Abiy Ahmed spoke with him about these plans before to launch the military operation on the TPLF positions in Tigray few days after
He further described as “inaccurate” statements by Ethiopian officials saying that Sudanese military are implementing the agenda of a third party.
Ethiopian officials kept repeating that some people in the Sudanese government are implementing plans by a third party to harm their country without naming it.
Al-Burhan who worked in the border army during long years said he had participated four years ago in joint committees to discuss placing border markers on the ground and forming joint forces, adding nobody raised doubts on Sudan’s ownership of any border area.
“Four years ago, I was based with a military force in the Qalaa Alluban area, in which were killed six Sudanese women a few days ago. During that time, the Ethiopians argued that they had internal problems and that the situation did not allow marking the borders,” he said.
“The political leadership at the time assessed the situation and gave us instructions to withdraw, ” he added referring to the former president Omer al-Bashir who is accused of facilitating the occupation of Sudanese borderland for over 20 years.
He further said that the statements by Ethiopian officials claiming several border areas are a new development that requires to defend the integrity of the Sudanese territory.