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Egypt converts contested Halayeb area with Sudan into city

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February 19, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The Egyptian prime minister, Hazem al-Beblawi, has issued a decree on Tuesday turning the contested Halayeb area into a city that encompasses the villages of Abu-Ramad and Ras-Hedreba.

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

The decision also separates Halayeb from the Shalateen region as well.

Egypt’s council of ministers spokesperson, Hani Salah, said the decision comes within the framework of the government’s desire to achieve balanced development in all parts of the country.

He told al-Masri al-Youm daily newspaper that the government plans to launch development projects in Halayeb and Shalateen at a cost of $764 million for the benefit of local residents.

Meanwhile, Egypt’s foreign ministry spokesperson, Badr Abdel-Aati, denied the existence of Egyptian-Sudanese integration in Halayeb and Shalateen area, saying that Egypt’s chargé d’affaires in Khartoum, Wail Barakat, issued a statement categorically denying making remarks to this effect.

He added in a telephone call with Cairo-based Sada al-Balad TV that these remarks are not on the negotiating table, claiming that they were fabricated by a Sudanese newspaper.

Barakat also noted there has never been Sudanese-Egyptian integration in Halayeb and Shalateen area, saying that this idea is for both countries and has nothing to do with Halayeb and Shalateen specifically.

He affirmed that Halayeb and Shalateen areas are 100% Egyptian territories.

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.

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.

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  • 20 February 08:28, by Tata

    Sudan will continue to loose land because of Bashier’s Islamic adamancy to listen to the voice of logic. Good Halayeb should be 100% Egyptian. South Sudan has gone forever. Soon, Darfur and Southern Blue Nile whould go as well. Bashier and the Nigerian Falatah, el Turabi, to think twice!

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    • 20 February 12:03, by Yuol

      where is Mr. Jalaby who always pokes his nose into affairs of South Sudan. Egypt is now encroaching into the land of Sudanese. are you ready to fight or just bark as usual?

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  • 20 February 08:43, by Kalo

    You are right Tata,Sudan has never confront any neighboring country,only knew how to fight within the Sudanese community,poor minster of defense if you know your jobs,take that land,Halib will be retaken when SRF come to power,NCP are just in power for interest no for the land of Sudan,coward,jalaby,Egypt will fuck you in Khartoum because you are very poor in military,that antonvovo cannot cross.

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  • 20 February 08:51, by siddaw

    I think guys the best way to completely transform Sudan is to first bring down Mr. Bashir if you want any progress in your development. After that, elect a person to has the well-fare of the Sudan in his/her heart. FAILURE TO THAT. SUDAN WILL SOON EXTINCT FROM THIS PLANET

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    • 20 February 09:07, by Kalo

      Sidaw,the future for Sudan is to be divided into small states/Countries like South Sudan,unless NCP change their behaviors because No one is to be slave in Sudan,big country good for nothing.
      Wad-nuba

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      • 20 February 14:07, by Tata

        Wad Nuba,
        Divide into small countries first, them unite to form larger country in Africa. Good!
        Tata

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      • 20 February 15:18, by Wani khooto

        dear Kalo,
        never mind as NCP and Egypt are all arabs,we in south sudan will support u just only this idiots Machar from fool Nuer is the one preventing us from giving u all support but after this we will fight uselss arab back to Asia,i know Nuba pple are powerful to fight the war,Nuba oyeeeeeeeeee,no surrender great pple sudan is yours.

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  • 20 February 14:42, by Pif Paf

    Egypt took advantage of Sudan Internal crisis and occupied Halayeb. Egypt was and still is the cause of many of Sudan’s troubles. I hope that the upcoming government will correct Egypt’s policies towards Sudan, and returning Halayeb to Sudan will be a good start. Halayeb can never be forgotten. No doubt we will respond one day should the Egyptian government choose to continue on this path.

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    • 20 February 18:48, by Kalo

      Pif Paf,you are sometimes right not like other jalabys,that is why we the SPLM-N wanted all the problem of Sudan to be solve and look for external attacked,not taken Halib only but blocking rivers even from flowing to Egypt,all Southern Egypt is the land of Nubian Kingdom but Egypt took advangates during Angol-Egyptian condominium agreement with British and Turkey when colonized Sudan.

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  • 20 February 20:43, by Oppressor

    1 - Sudan has been able to effectively possession of these areas as under -run since the amendments to the administrative boundary line established by the agreement Jan. 19, 1899, as it had exercised effective sovereignty them.
    2 - that Egypt has accepted this situation for many years and did not object to it throughout the period leading up to the independence of Sudan in the first of January 1

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    • 20 February 20:45, by Oppressor

      in the first of January 1956 and this position according to the sources of international law represents a strong supporter of the Sudan to hold on to the areas mentioned Based on the idea of limitations , which is based on the principle of actual possession and uninterruptible by and the lack of opposition to the acquisition of another side

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      • 20 February 20:46, by Oppressor

        3 - The principle of maintaining the borders inherited from the colonial period is another reason adopted by Sudan to prove their eligibility for the region has inherited the Sudan its present borders , including its northern border with Egypt, and sources indicate that a number of international and regional organizations , including the Organization of African Unity included in their charters sig

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        • 20 February 20:47, by Oppressor

          included in their charters signals to the adoption and continuation of the the same border recognized during the colonial period and according to the same sources , the Conference of presidents and African leaders , which was held in Cairo in 1964, has acknowledged this principle .

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          • 20 February 20:47, by Oppressor

            4 - Finally, the point of view for the Sudanese border dispute and try to prove the eligibility of Sudan in Halayib was referring to the recognition of Egypt , Sudan as an independent sovereign state in 1956 did not include any reservations about the border .

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  • 20 February 20:49, by Oppressor

    To know this prosecutor that the British presence simultaneous in Egypt and Sudan that led to the appointment of the border line separating the two countries, and that was an act of a product thought British colonial who was waiting for the moment to dismantle the property of the Ottoman Empire , where the agreement was signed Sudan between Egypt and Britain on January 19, 1899 and signed by all

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    • 20 February 20:51, by Oppressor

      and signed by all Egypt’s foreign minister and Britain’s Lord Cromer, British Commissioner to Egypt and Article I of the Convention on the borderline between Egypt and Sudan is the latitude of 22 degrees north and soon to enter on this line some minor administrative decision of the Egyptian Interior Minister , claiming it was content to grant administrative facilities movements Alepesharia Sudanes

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    • 20 February 20:51, by Oppressor

      and signed by all Egypt’s foreign minister and Britain’s Lord Cromer, British Commissioner to Egypt and Article I of the Convention on the borderline between Egypt and Sudan is the latitude of 22 degrees north and soon to enter on this line some minor administrative decision of the Egyptian Interior Minister , claiming it was content to grant administrative facilities movements Alepesharia Sudanes

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      • 20 February 20:53, by Oppressor

        Sudanese tribesmen and Ababda on the side of the Egyptian border line has produced the so-called minor problem Halayib and Shalateen .
        According to historical references to be the first time raised the border dispute between Egypt and Sudan on Halayib was in January 1958 when it sent the Egyptian government memorandum to the Sudanese government objected to it on the new electoral law passed by

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        • 20 February 20:54, by Oppressor

          violates the agreement 1899 on the common border as enter the area north of the city of Wadi Halfa and the surrounding area Bhlaep and Shalateen on the shores of the Red Sea within the constituencies of Sudan and called for timely Egypt right in these areas by the Sudan administered northern latitude of 22 degrees , and this is the first time that he announced dispute the border between the two co

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          • 20 February 20:55, by Oppressor

            This is the first time that he announced dispute the border between the two countries .
            Arguments and grounds upon which the Sudan to prove their eligibility for the region....

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          • 20 February 20:55, by Oppressor

            This is the first time that he announced dispute the border between the two countries .
            Arguments and grounds upon which the Sudan to prove their eligibility for the region.

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