Clashes have erupted between forces over Al-Fashqa, an area of fertile land colonised by Ethiopian farmers that Sudan says lies on its side of a border demarcated in the early 20th century, which Ethiopia rejects. Sudan denies having occupied Ethiopian territory in the disputed region.
There have been clashes between Sudanese and Ethiopian forces over Al-Fashqa, an area of fertile land colonised by Ethiopian farmers. Sudan accused Ethiopia of an « unforgivable insult » in its most acerbic statement since a decades-old border dispute erupted late last year.
In a statement issued Thursday, the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry said it believed that « the conflict initiated by the military wing of the Sudanese government could only serve the interests of a third party at the expense of the Sudanese people. The Sudanese Foreign Ministry responded on Saturday, saying that « slander against Sudan and the accusation of being an agent of other parties is a serious and unforgivable insult ».
He added: « What the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs cannot deny is the fact that the troops entered with the Ethiopian units intruding on Sudanese land ». Earlier this week, Sudan accused Ethiopian troops of crossing the border after a similar act committed by Ethiopian planes last month, which Ethiopia has denied.
Ethiopia on Thursday reiterated its accusation that Sudan had invaded in early November, attacked and displaced Ethiopians and taken control of evacuated military camps. In its statement, Sudan said Ethiopia had confirmed the 1903 border agreement several times, most recently in 2013. It accused Ethiopia’s foreign ministry of « exploiting [the border issue] for personal interests and for the specific interests of a certain group ».
Both countries have called on each other to seek legal means to resolve border issues. Moreover, an African Union mediator arrived Thursday in Khartoum to discuss the conflict, as well as the ongoing negotiations between Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia on the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.