Home | News    Wednesday 10 April 2013

Halayeb is an “occupied” Sudanese territory, says senior official

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

April 9, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The assistant to Sudan’s president Musa Mohamed Ahmed said today that there should not be any misgivings on the status of the “occupied” triangle of Halayeb on the borders with Egypt.

JPEG - 20.9 kb
An aerial view of Halayeb Triangle on Egypt-Sudan borders (Google Earth)

Speaking to reporters at a press conference, Ahmed emphasised that Sudan should be handed to future generations with Halayeb included and disclosed that the Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi promised during his recent visit to Sudan to restore the situation in Halayeb to its pre-1995 status.

"The Sudanese government is committed to its unequivocal stance on this issue which pertains to the national sovereignty," the official said.

"Halayeb is Sudanese and will remain Sudanese and this is To Whom It May Concern" Ahmed said in a decisive tone.

The Egyptian army seized control of Halayeb region, an area of land measuring 20,580 square km in the border areas of the Red Sea coast, after relations between the two neighbors plummeted due to the 1995’s failed attempt by Islamists allegedly backed by Sudan to assassinate the then Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak in Addis Ababa.

JPEG - 8.7 kb

The genesis of the disputes over Halayeb dates back to as early as 1958 after Sudan gained independence from being ruled jointly by Britain and Egypt. The wrangle is a result of a discrepancy in the demarcation of political boundaries set by the Anglo-Egyptian Condominium and the ones set earlier by the British in 1902.

Cairo has routinely dismissed Khartoum’s demands that the issue be resolved through international arbitration.

Since the 1989 coup that brought president Omer Hassan al-Bashir to power, Sudanese officials have avoided raising the issue in public for fears of angering their Egyptian counterparts and to avoid alienating a key regional player.

Ahmed, who also chairs the Beja Congress, emphasised that the desired integration between Sudan and Egypt cannot be achieved on the ground as long as the conflict exists in Halayeb.

This week Ihab Fahmy, a spokesperson for the Egyptian presidency, dismissed claims by the presidential assistant on Morsi’s promises.

“Halayeb and Shalateen are Egyptian, and President Morsy did not promise, during his visit to Sudan, to return the triangle of Halayeb and Shalateen to Khartoum as it was before 1995" he was quoted as saying by Cairo-based Al-Masry Al-Youm.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 10 April 2013 06:34, by ForAll

    First let’s settle peace and unity in SUDAN and then we will get back our land by all means.

    repondre message

    • 10 April 2013 08:06, by Mapuor

      For all
      Beja of Halayeb are blacks.If Egypt wants Halayeb to be part of her territories then she should recognize internationally thats she is not mistreating its black minority.Beja language should also be recognize as on of the Egyptians languages.

      repondre message

      • 10 April 2013 08:58, by ForAll

        I agree with in every word that have posted above but SUDAN must do every thing solve our internal problems first.
        Are you supporting the bloody tribal wars in Darfur and the wild wars between rebel groups and Sudanese army??????

        repondre message

  • 10 April 2013 07:26, by Michael Angelo

    North Sudanese are liars.

    repondre message

  • 10 April 2013 07:26, by Sudan virus

    Again they (NCP) want create problem with another country- Egypt! Useless government!!!

    repondre message

    • 23 June 2013 22:01, by Northern Sudanese

      Sudan virus
      we aren’t trying to create a problem they egyptians created it! in 1958 naser tried to take it and sent his troops there, then sudanese troops went there and when a war nearly started egypt withdrew its forces. since then everyone stayed silent until in 1995 when the dog mubarak invaded it during a time when we were in an all out scale war with ourselves. halayeb will return!

      repondre message

  • 10 April 2013 08:01, by trinitri

    now they are becoming good friends, no problems anymore!

    repondre message

  • 10 April 2013 09:19, by ForAll

    I kindly request my brothers from MESSERIA and SALAMAT at central Darfur state to stop the evil planned tribal war and look to get their missing CIVIL RIGHTS.

    repondre message

  • 10 April 2013 09:47, by cbuongdit cholkua

    Unless Egyptian are sick that’s where you are going to get that land back. It taken by force, so why not Sudan reinvade it again. But I don’t think so, ela Mohammed erasool. Egyptian own title deed for Halyed

    repondre message

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


s
Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


James Dak’s case:: Why death sentence should be canceled 2018-02-19 14:27:34 By Peter Gai Manyuon On Monday 12th of February 2018, a South Sudan court in Juba sentenced James Gatdet Dak to death by hanging, citing several provisions in the constitution as the basis upon (...)

The Position of the SPLM-N on Relief Delivery Same Wine, Old Bottles! 2018-02-18 06:50:42 By Elwathig Kameir On January 19, 2017, I published an article titled “Armed Struggle and Civil Resistance in Sudan: Catch 22,” from which I quote the following opening paragraphs (from i to iii): (...)

Without meaningful change Sudan will descend into chaos 2018-02-16 11:14:31 Economic failures, armed conflicts, and power struggles within the regime have pushed Sudan towards a tipping point By Ahmed H Adam Sudan's political crisis has reached its worst since the coup (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Petition for release of Agou John Wuoi from prison 2018-02-15 20:45:31 Open letter to South Sudan President Salva Kiir Your Excellency, Kindly please permit me to take this rare opportunity to appreciate you for every effort you have made toward making South Sudan (...)

AUHIP Communiqué on Sudan & SPLM-N talks for cessation of hostilities agreement 2018-02-05 13:04:16 African Union High-Level Implementation Panel for Sudan and South Sudan Joint Statement on Unilateral Ceasefire, Cessation of Hostilities and Completion of Negotiations 1) With the facilitation (...)

South Sudanese rights group call to release political detainees 2017-12-10 07:50:31 THE INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY: 10 DECEMBER 2017: SSHURSA CALLS ON ALL TO ACTION FOR SOUTH SUDANESE The 10 December usually marks the international human rights day. SSHURSA notes with (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2018 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.