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Sudan sending official protest to Ethiopia over convoy attack


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

April 15, 2012 (ADDIS ABABA) – The Sudanese state of Gedaref is sending an official letter of complaint to the Ethiopian government over the recent attack by armed men targeting governor of the Eastern Sudanese state.

Gedaref, Sudan (UNEP)

A Sudanese convoy led by Gedaref governor, Karam Allah Abbas, while heading to Ethiopia’s Amhara region last Sunday came under attack by Ethiopian bandits in the border area of Um Dabalo on Sudanese soil.

The reason for the attack remains unclear, however sources claim the governor was in a dispute with an Ethiopia man over land before his convoy came under fire by armed men.

The governor accuses Ethiopians residing near the common border of carrying out multiple deadly cross border attacks against Sudanese villages and claims Ethiopian authorities are doing little to resolve the issue.

He alleged that cattle rustling perpetrated across the border is commonplace.

Following last week’s attack, the Abbas vowed to carry out a military campaign against the armed bandits who are causing security threats along the Ethiopian-Sudan border.

He also threatened to sever ties with the bordering Ethiopia’s Amhara region, where he was heading to hold a meeting with his Ethiopian counterparts before the assault.

The president of the Amhara region, Ayalew Gobeze, apologised to the governor and pledged to cooperate with Sudanese authorities in hunting down the perpetrators.

Ethiopia and Sudan have an annual border commission meeting where they evaluate the implementation of past agreements and consult on further strengthening cooperation and ties based on mutual interest.
There is already an agreement in place which covers border trade, political and security matters.

Ethiopian opposition politicians have accused the current government of handing over Ethiopian territories to Sudan in exchange for the country’s help in arresting and handing over exiled rebels.


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  • 16 April 2012 15:16, by Ali Liben

    This is useless as the Ethiopian government is already arming the South Kordofan rebels to fight the Sudan. Just google Durame and South Kordofan.

    The Ethiopian government is hostile to the Sudan as the Wiki leaks showed few months ago; President Meles Zenawi already thinks President Bashir is a "wounded animal" that should be taken out before he wrecks havoc out desperation.

    • 17 April 2012 13:26, by Tewodros


      You already have enough on your plate.The last thing you wont to do is messing up with Ethiopia .We all know Meles gave you some of Amharas land in order to keep his opponents out of Sudan. And that is a time bomb for your country.FYI you can not even fight 8 month old S.Sudan late alone Ethiopia.if you have some sanity left go to Nile and wash your big mouth,the water is on us.

      • 17 April 2012 13:49, by Ali Liben

        We still have the skull of your king in Khartoum Museum. In a dusty basement somewhere. If you want a repeat of that, keep talking.

  • 16 April 2012 15:25, by Smith

    The governor was attacked by SPLA-North rebel but Khartoum does not want to admit that, there is a new rebellion in Eastern Sudan but muddling with Ethiopia...how many enemies does the wounded animals in Khartoum want to make? Bashir must go unconditionally to go and answer his crimes against humanity.....why wait? Khartoum is too hot for him so does good with air-condition in Hague.

    • 16 April 2012 18:00, by Ali Liben

      You should be careful with what you dish out, sir. If needs be, Sudan can make the Ethiopian government a "wounded animal" in no time. Remember, it was Sudan who helped you get in power in the first place. Don’t make Sudan who will get rid off you.

      • 17 April 2012 13:46, by Tewodros


        "What goes around comes around".We all know what sudan have done, from creating Eritrea to supporting any anti-Ethiopia groups. Look around now, what is happening??

  • 16 April 2012 23:30, by Justice Seeker

    Ali: The Ethiopian Government enjoys cordial relationship with both North and South Sudan. I would simply say the Governor is over reacting to the incident. He was apologized by his counterpart and promised that the perpetrators will be brought to justice. What else does he want???

    I think such emotional individuals who advocate war at the expense of peace shouldn’t be tolerated!!!Amen!

    • 17 April 2012 13:52, by Ali Liben

      There is no doubt in my mind the Ethiopian government is the real perpetrator of the attack. Your president is on record saying President Bashir is "a wounded animal." I think you are miscalculating like the king whose skull is rotting in our museum’s basement. If you know your history, it was the Sudan who put you on power, assuming you are one of the government lackeys.

      • 17 April 2012 14:55, by Tewodros


        It does not surprised me,If Meles did that because he has been betrayed his own people,late alone confused arabs.FYI dictator Bashir is a "wonded animal" Who also wanted by the ICC for alleged crimes in Darfur.

        If you practice muslim and if you are really a man there are many dead Sudan solders bodies at Heglig,instead of braging about my king skull.

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