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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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  • 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.

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    • 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.

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      • 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??????

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  • 10 April 2013 07:26, by Michael Angelo

    North Sudanese are liars.

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  • 10 April 2013 07:26, by Sudan virus

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

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    • 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!

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  • 10 April 2013 08:01, by trinitri

    now they are becoming good friends, no problems anymore!

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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