Today, Monday, the Saudi “Al Sharq” satellite channel quoted a Sudanese official as saying that the Sudanese government will go to international arbitration if mediation with Ethiopia fails, due to the bombing of the borders between the two countries yesterday, Sunday.
Sudan’s Defense Minister, Yassin Ibrahim, said today, Monday, that the recent Ethiopian attacks on the Sudanese army had displaced the residents of 30 villages from the Al-Fashaqa area, stressing that there must be a link between the Renaissance Dam negotiations and what is happening on the border with Ethiopia.
Ibrahim added in statements to the “Al Arabiya” channel: “There is no border dispute with Ethiopia until we negotiate it, and the Ethiopian army is fighting in the border areas, not the militias.”
Ibrahim revealed in an interview with Al-Arabiya Al-Hadath channel, that “Ethiopian Prime Minister Abi Ahmed’s talk about the disputed areas was the reason for the Sudanese army’s move to impose its control over the Sudanese side of the borders in accordance with the provisions of the agreements.
He went on to say that the Sudanese-Ethiopian borders are clear and stipulated in international agreements, and Ethiopia must stop launching attacks on civilians in misery.”
He went on, saying: “The army imposed its control over Sudanese areas on the border with Ethiopia,” pointing out that Ethiopia is complicating the issues of the Renaissance Dam and the borders; it also attacks civilians to expel them from the villages of Al-Fashaqa.
The “Sudan Tribune” website reported, on Sunday evening, that a Sudanese army patrol coming from Jabal Abu Al-Tayyar was bombed by Ethiopian forces using mortars in the border state of Gedaref, in the eastern part of the country.
Last Thursday, Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok confirmed to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, that his country’s army had spread within its borders with Ethiopia, and that Khartoum did not want a war with anyone.
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