Sudan has pledged to ease tensions with Addis Ababa over the killing of its seven soldiers and one civilian in Ethiopia, whose military it accused of carrying out the atrocity.
Two days earlier, Khartoum promised to provide an appropriate “response”. Sudan has reportedly shelled an area near the disputed border region since Monday.
On Tuesday evening, the head of Sudan’s Sovereignty Council, Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, pledged to do so Calm down the situation hours after the reported escalation in which the military reportedly fired heavy artillery into Ethiopia.
The European Union has warned the two sides not to go to war At a meeting between the EU envoy for the Horn of Africa, Annette Weber, Lieutenant General Al-Burhan reiterated his country’s readiness for “normal and balanced relations with neighboring Ethiopia”.
The Sudanese Sovereignty Council said in a statement: “The meeting dealt with the unfortunate incident in the area of Al-Fashqa in which the Ethiopian army took seven prisoners [the] sudanesi killed chinese soldiers and one civilian abducted from Sudanese territory. ”
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On Wednesday, the African Union also expressed concerns about “escalating military tensions” between Ethiopia and Sudan, calling for restraint and dialogue.
AU Commission Chairman Musa Faki Mahamat issued a statement on Wednesday calling for “a complete refusal of any military action, regardless of its origin, calls for dialogue between the two brotherly countries to resolve disputes.” /p>
Sudan accused Ethiopia on June 22 of capturing its soldiers and a civilian in disputed Al-Fashqa, which lies within its international borders and had been populated by Ethiopian farmers for decades.
Khartoum recalled its ambassador in Addis Ababa on Monday and promised plans to file a complaint with the UN Security Council and regional organizations.
Addis Ababa said on Tuesday Sudanese forces had invaded Ethiopian territory and the victims were left behind Coming from a skirmish with a local militia, she denied that their soldiers were in the area at the time. Ethiopian officials also said Sudanese forces fired heavy artillery into its territory.
Sudan was able to capture Jabal Kala al-Laban, an area near the contested border, on Tuesday after artillery barrage and an airstrike. according to an anonymous Sudanese military source told Reuters.
However, the spokesman for the Sudanese Armed Forces said in a press release that “in some cases false and misleading breaking news was reported satellite channels and Websites attributed to the Sudanese Army and military sources about troop movements and capture of Ethiopian soldiers in the Al-Fashqa area.”
“The Sudanese Armed Forces confirm that it is communicated to them Speaking to AFP in Khartoum, army spokesman Nabil Abdalla said: “We have not attacked anyone and we will not and we do not plan to. But we will not allow any other country’s armed forces to cross our international border. It is our right to deal with it legally.”
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In recent years the two neighboring countries have skirmished over the disputed fertile border area of Al-Fashqa, and the two sides have yet to formally draw a border in the area.
< p class="gmail-msonospacing">Al-Fashqa has long been cultivated by Ethiopian farmers but is claimed by Sudan and the dispute has sparked sporadic clashes between the Sudanese and Ethiopian sides, some of which have been fatal.
– Additional coverage from AFP and Reuters.