GONDAR, Northern Ethiopia – Heavily-armed Sudanese soldiers on April 21 burned down 24 Ethiopian farming settlements and took 34 civilian captives from Nefis Gebeya of Quara Woreda.
Sudanese army burns down 24 Ethiopian settlements
Meles gives away Ethiopian farmlands to Sudan
Courtesy of Abbay Media. Last Updated 27th April 2008
BREAKING NEWS – Posted 27th April 2008
Sudanese army burns down 24 Ethiopian settlements
GONDAR, Northern Ethiopia – Heavily-armed Sudanese soldiers on April 21 burned down 24 Ethiopian farming settlements and took 34 civilian captives from Nefis Gebeya of Quara Woreda, a committee following the border-area developments said on Sunday.…
Press release by the Ethiopia-Sudan Boarder Issue Committee
27th April 2008 :Amharic PDF
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Posted 9th April 2008
Second Press release by the Ethiopia-Sudan Boarder Issue Committee
9th April 2008 :Amharic PDF
Posted 19th January 2008
First Press release by the Ethiopia-Sudan Boarder Issue Committee
19th January 2008 :Amharic PDF
Posted 18th December 2007
Meles finalizes the give away of 400,000 Ethiopian farmlands to Sudan
By Abbay Media Staff
On December 6, 2007 on his way to the Lisbon conference, Meles Zenawi visited Sudan to supposedly open the road between Sudan and Ethiopia, but it has now become clear the main agenda for this trip was to finalize the handing over of Ethiopian territories to Sudan.
Reporting on the visit, the Sudanese English Newspaper ‘Khartoum Monitor’ on the Thursday, December 6, 2007, Vol.6, Issue No. 1434, reported the Governor of Al-Gedarif state, Dr Abdel Rahman al-Khidir as saying “He added that the visit of Ethiopian Prime Minister indicates Ethiopians concern for strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries. The remaining part of the Sudanese land farmed by Ethiopian farmers will be given back to the Sudanese farmers, he asserted”.
This visit was a continuation of the event which was reported on the 3rd July 2007 by Sudan Tribune;
‘A joint Sudanese-Ethiopian committee would start today to hand over agricultural lands to residents of more than 17 Sudanese villages located in eastern Atbara River along the Ethiopia-Sudan border’.
The agricultural lands remained a source of dispute for more than 100 years, but the Meles Zenawi government had managed to give it away and once again changed the map of Ethiopia for the third time since coming to power in 1991.
Meles Zenawi endless generosity in the expense of Ethiopia’s territorial integrity will on this occasion displace more than 400,000 Ethiopians from their farmlands.
The given away Ethiopian region is not just a loss of vital and fertile land; it is also an area that is strategically important in the long-term interest of Ethiopia. The Atbara River makes up more than 10% of the total Nile runoff and giving up this area does not help the already unfair distribution of the Nile Basin resources. Instead of joining Tanzania and Kenya in condemning the inequitable distribution of resources abused mostly by Egypt against the other Nile Basin countries, the Meles Zenawi government has now given up important regions along the rivers that supply the Nile.
In exchange for the land granted to Sudan, the Sudanese have been rounding up and deporting suspected armed Ethiopian opposition groups residing in Sudan.
It needs to be noted that Meles Zenawi and his EPRDF/TPLF party didn’t mention a single word about this important, shocking and treasonous news to the Ethiopian parliament.
Written by Abbay Media Staff.
Below is the text taken from the front page of the Sudanese Newspaper (Khartoum Monitor)
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Vol.6 Issue No. 1434
President Al Bashir and Zenawi open Gedarif-Matama road
By Staff Writer
President Omer Hassen Ahmed al-Bashir yesterday addressed the celebration of the harvest in Gadambaliya, Gedarif State and asserted support for agriculture.2000 youth graduated during the celebration after receiving vocational training. The President opened the new building of the Secretariat of Gedarif State government. In related development, Al Bashir will today in the presence of the Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi open the road that links Gedarif to Douka-Algallabat and Almatama in Ethiopia.
The Governor of Al-Gedarif state, Dr Abdel Rahman al-Khidir said the sorghum and sunflower
are being harvested in Kambo Tisaa area. The government wants to change crops cultivated in the area and launch agricultural cooperatives, he added.2000 youth will be given means of production by National Union for Sudanese Youth, he said.
The Governor said the modern agricultural techniques have been introduced by Migat Company in order to increase production and productivity. Sesame binding machines were introduced to reduce production cost. He added that visit of Ethiopian Prime Minister indicates Ethiopia’s concern for strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries. The remaining part of the Sudanese land farmed by Ethiopian farmers will be given back to the Sudanese farmers, he asserted.
Khartoum Monitor (printed edition)
Posted 3rd July 2007
Eastern Sudan farmers get back disputed lands from Ethiopia
July 3, 2007 (KHARTOUM) — A joint Sudanese-Ethiopian committee would start today to hand over agricultural lands to residents of more than 17 Sudanese villages located in eastern Atbara River along the Ethiopia-Sudan border.
The agricultural lands remained a source of dispute for more than 100 years.
Governor of Al-Gadarif State, in eastern Sudan, Abdelrahman al-Khidir told Akhir Lahzah that this step came as an implementation of 1971 agreement which stated re-demarcation of the border between the two countries.
He added that technical arrangements have been finished and a committee of seven experts from each side would give the Sudanese farmers their lands, pointing out that his government is ready to append these farmers with the current agricultural season.
He said that with the end of the committee’s work which might last for a week, the lands would be back to their owners.
He explained that they have formed 17 cooperative societies in addition to other previous societies in order to support the farmers within the framework of the agricultural campaign on one hand and to consolidate the Sudanese land on the other.
Furthermore the governor called for dealing with the border issue with a good spirit between the two countries, adding that people should look at the border issue as an area of integration not of conflicts.
He explained that the final operation of border re-demarcating which might conclude after the autumn season would put an end for all kinds of security breaches and instability situation in the area. Source: Sudan Tribune