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October 23, 2008 (KHARTOUM) –Sudanese security agents stormed the home of an Ethiopian diplomat in Khartoum and detained some of the attendees, a newspaper reported today.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zinawi and the Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir (AFP)

The daily Al-Hayat newspaper published in London quoting unidentified diplomatic sources said that the incident happened this week at the home of the Ethiopian military attaché during a party he was holding.

Security officials justified their action as saying that some of the people in the party violated the laws because of liquor that was being served.

The diplomats said the incident is the latest of series of recently setbacks in Sudanese-Ethiopian relations. They further said that Khartoum is angry at Addis Ababa for allegedly supplying arms to the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS).

Earlier this month it was reported that an Ethiopian military plane arrived at Juba airport with weapons to the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA).

The Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the ambassadors of Ethiopia to protest the shipment. However the Ethiopian government said the weapons were for a military show.

The Ethiopian government is also reported to be dissatisfied with the close relations that between Eritrea, its main rival, and Sudan. Moreover some circles in Addis Ababa accuse Khartoum of backing Ethiopian Oromo rebels and Islamist militants in Somalia.

Last July Sudan’s army accused Ethiopian troops of attacking a military camp inside their borders killing 19 soldiers.

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  • 24 October 2008 08:21, by Biden Osire

    This is exactly the evil Sudan NCP needs to confuse its neighbours always after failing from all corners of life, there is no connection between a party indulging taking a liquor and warpeon to be supplied to South Sudan by Ethiopia.Please all this is an indication that Bashir need to connect others to his ICC indictment.NO WAY BUT FACE OCAMPO AT THE HUGUE MAN WITH YOUR FOLLOWERS.

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  • 24 October 2008 09:33, by Freedom Fighter

    This is not only serious violation to the welknown diplomatic standards, but also, it represents shameful conduct that does not reflect hospitality and good standing characters of the Sudanese people. All pro-good neighborhood forces in the Sudan need to condemn such barbaric act from Albashir and his thugs in Khartoum.



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