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Sudan defense Minister meets Ethiopia’s Zenawi in Addis Ababa


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

June 3, 2011 (ADDIS ABABA) – Sudanese defense minister Gen. Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein met on Thursday with the Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi to discuss the situation in the disputed region of Abyei and a number of other bilateral and regional concerns.

Abyei’s seizure by the northern Sudanese army (SAF) on May 21 has raised fears of a possible return to civil war between North and South Sudan. The SAF says its action came in response to attacks on one of their convoys in the area.

Earlier in May Abyei was included in the constitution of South Sudan as it prepares to secede from the north in July. Last week officials from North and South Sudan reached an agreement to set up a demilitarized zone along the border to be jointly patrolled.

Ethiopia, seen as a neutral player by both sides, has expressed willingness to deploy peace-keeping forces to Abyei to act as buffer between the North and South Sudan.

"If the request comes from North and South Sudan, Ethiopia will consider of offering peace keepers to Abyei region," Ethiopia Foreign Ministry spokesman, Ambassador Dina Mufti, told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.

During this latest meeting, the Ethiopian premier reiterated that his country will continue to work to ensure peace and stability in Sudan. He said peace in Sudan means not only to Sudanese but also has considerable impact on East Africa as a whole.

The last Sudanese civil war between north and South Sudan killed around two million and forced four million to leave their homes, many fled to countries that border the south such as Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.

Zenawi called on the governments of north and South Sudan to relentlessly exert their efforts to peacefully resolve the remaining and pending issues of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement and build excellent future relations.

According to the senior government source, the two sides also discussed the restive region of Darfur, where rebels have been fighting the Sudanese government since 2003. Peace talks in Doha seem to be making some progress despite one of the largest groups not attending.

The two officials also conferred on the issue on Nile water - the Blue Nile begins in Ethiopia and meets the White Nile in Sudan’s capital Khartoum. Ethiopia intends to build a massive hydro electric power dam on the Blue Nile and export power to neighboring countries.

The Sudanese defense minister congratulated Meles Zenawi on the 20th anniversary of the May 20 victory, which saw the downfall of the 17 year rule of the former Marxist Derg regime.

He appreciated what the victory has brought to the country and to the future generation. Both underscored a need to jointly step up efforts to ensure regional security.


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  • 4 June 2011 10:36, by Tiger black

    Mr: Abdel Rahim time has came with your master Abasher is almost to be out from Sudan. with all these act you create atrocity committed in Abyei and looting properties of innocent civilians, and you are lobbying for the support from Ethiopia Government.you and your men burn down Abyei town for no reasons, missirry militia plans by ambush and killed your men so that to get the ground of enter in AByei. Just wait Arab will see us southern Sudanese in that land soon not later on. dry season will come and you will see us in Abyei,no more negotiation with you and missiry men to enter in to our land with animals just enjoy now because there is rain in your area.but i assure these nomads pastoralism will tell us where will they go and graze theirs herbs during dryseason.

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  • 4 June 2011 11:54, by eye-of-an-eye

    Mr. General your the great criminal you have nothinbg to discuse with a peaceful leader President Meles, you are known, he is not like you and Bashir, you are the one ordered SAF to murder civilian in Abyei and Darfur, shame on you to sit on the peaceful chairs in Adis-Ababa and uttering nonsense to Pres. meles you would have sent somebody but not you, Bashir,Haroun for that meeting.

    Your time has arrived, I encourage Ethiopia to build the dam and South Sudan will build another then you will witness the consequences. your empty minds will be fullfil by that time then.

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  • 5 June 2011 06:18, by Emmanuel Ajang Solomon

    Minister, time will come soon when both of U and your boss and all those involve in the marginalization of most regions in Sudan are going to say, we were once the leaders of this Nation and it was not me I was just ordered to do so by my boss.

    Militias that U are now helping to destabilised the New Nation to be in July, will come to regeret all what U r telling them to do to their people, but wait to see who will cry louder and whose Government will say let’s negotiate people and not to support each other’s reble group.

    Think twice on that issue before time come as it will be very difficult to so late,including the arms U R giving Ereterians to give them to George Athur to come to Juba and start attacknig Juba before the July 9 but all will be dealt with.God is great.

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    • 5 June 2011 15:32, by Bath Dhol

      Replying to:real as well as my brother say is true mr minister; we know before Sudan is one nation but for your iganorane leader you treat us bad and we are real nation state of sudan. God is hand that why we are like that time will come we shall see how can we solve our thing. we know your interest as long GOD give us conperehensieve peace agreement. we were once the leader of this Nation southern sudan that will be the REPUBLIC OF SOUTHERN SUDAN can be heard in world wide. but wait to see who will cry lot and say let is negotiate people in positive way we stay in border of sudan.we think you will be say express agreement we are not be the same again and wil never be one Nation.

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