Ethiopia claims that the Sudanese government has practiced what it described as “looting and displacing its citizens,” in a new attack from the capital of South Sudan, Juba.
The Ethiopian government described the deployment of the Sudanese army in al-Fashaga region since last November, in conjunction with its preoccupation with enforcing the law process in the Tigray region, in the north of the country, as “acts of looting and displacement of Ethiopian citizens,” according to the Ethiopian News Agency.
The official agency indicated that the Foreign Ministry spokesman, Dina Mufti, addressed 16 local and international news agencies on Saturday from juba, the capital of South Sudan.
He touched upon the current situation on the borders between Sudan and Ethiopia. The press conference was organized at the Embassy of Ethiopia in South Sudan, to clarify the circumstances of the border issue between Sudan and Ethiopia. In addition to the Renaissance Dam negotiations, and the situation in the Tigray region.
Mufti told journalists that the military operations launched by the Sudanese army against Ethiopia, he said, would not benefit the Sudanese people.
He added that it does not reflect the long relations between the peoples of the two countries.
South Sudan Initiative
Mufti expressed his appreciation to all those who tried to mediate between the two countries, including the initiative of South Sudan. He said that Khartoum and Addis Ababa were able to resolve the conflict amicably through the existing mechanisms.
He linked that to the evacuation of the Sudanese army of the area it occupied by force, as he said.
However, Sudan confirms that its army has re-deployed and opened up within the borders of his country, and that it has not and will not enter the Ethiopian lands.
The Ethiopian Foreign Ministry spokesman called on Sudan to respect what he described as respecting international law and abiding by the 1972 understandings signed between the two countries. Until the dispute is resolved amicably.
However, the Sudanese government does not recognize any border dispute with Ethiopia. And stresses that what remains in this file is only the placing of border markers between the two countries.
Under an agreement concluded by the British government with Ethiopia in 1902, when it colonized the country on behalf of Sudan, Ethiopia recognized the Sudanese triangle of al-Fashaga.
Regarding the Renaissance Dam, Mufti said that Sudan’s position regarding the safety of the dam is just an excuse. He described this as hiding true motives that benefit others besides standing against the interests of the Sudanese, who are waiting to reap the benefits of the scientifically proven benefits of the dam.
Sudan insists on reaching a binding legal agreement with Ethiopia before the start of the second filling of the Renaissance Dam, which Ethiopia intends to begin next July.
Sudan fears the effects of the Renaissance Dam on Roseris Dam, which is not far from the Renaissance Dam.
Solving the Renaissance Dam issue
At the recent African Union summit, the Sudanese PM said that resolving the issue of the Renaissance Dam must be done within the framework of international law.
He noted that the dam is located so close to the Sudanese border and pointed to the threat it poses to the security and safety of more than 20 million Sudanese on the banks of the Blue Nile, in addition to other effects.