An official Sudanese report revealed that more than 10000 Ethiopian farmers have been continuously exploiting Sudanese lands adjacent to the border with Ethiopia since 1957, according to Sputnik.
During a meeting with ambassadors and heads of foreign diplomatic missions to Khartoum, Head of the Sudanese National Border Commission Moaz Tango presented Wednesday a report on the existing border dispute with Ethiopia, stating that “more than 10 thousand Ethiopian farmers have exploited Sudanese lands in an increasing way since the year 1957.”
The report added: “Ethiopia has built settlements inside Sudanese territory in the areas of al-Fashaqa al-Kubra and al-Fashaqa al-Sughra, in violation of the 1900 and 1902 conventions, as well as the Ethiopian government’s recognition of these two agreements, which clarify the borders between the two countries.”
The report continued: “The Ethiopians have established an infrastructure, a network of roads, electricity, and housing settlements for Ethiopian farmers.”
The report stated that the length of the border between Sudan and Ethiopia is about 725 km, pointing out that the borders are drawn between the two countries and have been stable since the Ethiopian imperial rule.
Weeks ago, the Sudanese army had begun operations to expel non-Sudanese militants from the lands of the two regions of Al-Fashaqa Al-Kubra and Al-Fashaqa Al-Sughra that had been controlled by Ethiopian militias supported by Addis Ababa over the past decades.
The Sudanese army accused its Ethiopian counterpart and the militias supported by it, recently, of ambushing its members, who were combing the vicinity of Mount Abu Tuyyur.
The Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said recently that his government is closely following what happened in the hands of a local militia on the Ethiopian-Sudanese border.