Home | News    Monday 28 April 2014

Khartoum, Cairo working to deploy joint border force

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

April 27, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – Sudanese defence ministe Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein has announced that there are ongoing arrangements to deploy a joint Sudanese-Egyptian force on the borders between the two countries to prevent human trafficking and border crimes.

JPEG - 18.9 kb
Joint Sudanese-Chadian border patrol forces in trucks (FILE)

Hussein, who was speaking at a press conference in Khartoum on Sunday following an annual conference aimed at evaluating the performance of a joint Chadian-Sudanese border control force, that Sudan is cooperating with the Egyptian side to deploy a similar force to control the area extending from the West Bank of the Nile to the Libyan border.

The Egyptian-Sudanese border is known to be a smuggling hotspot, and was also recently highlighted in a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) as a human trafficking route.

Observers say that the inauguration of border crossings and setting up the joint force is held up by disagreements over the Halayeb region which both countries claim.

Hussein also announced unconditional support to boosting cooperation with Chad in areas of military measures and training besides opening military camps, underscoring that the joint Chadian-Sudanese force contributed to promoting security, political and social ties between the two countries.

The defence minister said that they would transfer the successful experience of the Sudanese-Chadian force to secure borders with Egypt, asserting that success of the force was a result of its contribution to development projects besides efforts it made to resolve tribal problems.

He called for the convening of a forum for border states similar to that which took place in Um Jaras, declaring his government’s readiness to offer the necessary support for military exchange between the two countries given that the two armies complement each other.

The Chadian defence minister, Amir Nadu Takula, said the joint force had managed to secure borders between the two countries, demanding the sharing of the experience to meet security challenges in Africa.

He added that the joint Chadian-Sudanese force had become a model for securing borders and resolving tribal disputes, praising the decision of the Sudanese government to admit 50 Chadian military officers for training in the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF).

The two sides signed a memorandum for transferring the joint forces’ command from Chad to Sudan in its ninth phase.

The commander of the joint force from the Sudanese side, Col. Abdel-Rahman Ahmed Fagiri, announced that the joint force moved from the stage of border control to the stage of development, reconstruction, and peace promotion in order to enhance ties between the two countries.

He disclosed ongoing arrangements to activate the cultural, economic, and social protocols following the success of the security protocol in order to promote all aspects of bilateral relations.

Fagiri pointed that Sudan’s sea port of Port Sudan will begin to receive Chad’s exports in the coming period within the framework of consolidating ties between the two countries, stressing they would move forward to promote development and reconstruction on the border area.

The commander of the joint force from the Chadian side, Gen. Tufa Abdalla Issa, for his part said the force managed to achieve a level of security and stability which the international forces had failed to secure.

He said the strong will of the two presidents contributed to promoting the strong performance of the joint force, adding that the level of crime in border areas has declined and peaceful coexistence and mutual benefits were enhanced.

Issa said the local administrations in Chad and Sudan had also contributed to the success of the joint force mission and participated in resolving several tribal conflicts.

Sudan and Chad deployed Border-Control Force (BCF) along their common borders with the aim of curbing cross-border infiltration.

The deployment followed a normalisation agreement signed between the two sides in January 2010, ending a long history of mutual hostility in which both sides provided support to each other’s insurgents.

The Sudanese-Chadian force is composed of 3,000 troops split evenly between the two sides.

(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.

Comment on this article



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


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Egypt’s Strategic Water Security: The myth and the truth 2017-03-24 08:19:56 By Ermias Hailu Following to the end of the second world war Egypt’s failure to integrate Eritrea to its territories, due to Emperor Haile Selassie’s superior diplomatic skills, the then Pan- Arab (...)

South Sudan famine is a wake-up call to revive dead peace deal 2017-03-20 15:57:01 By Brian Adeba News that a famine has been declared in South Sudan is yet another stark reminder of the ever evolving nature of war-induced fragility in Africa’s newest country. As the world (...)

Africa’s next level of economic transformation 2017-03-20 05:57:00 By Jim Yong Kim The G20 finance ministers met last week in Germany to discuss critical challenges facing the global economy, from climate change to migration to humanitarian emergencies like the (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Statement by South Sudanese Communist Party on the National Dialoguel 2017-03-22 05:44:42 The Communist Party of South Sudan On the Initiative of the National Dialogue The initiative taken by the President of the Republic of South Sudan declaring a need for a national dialogue is an (...)

An Appeal to President of the Republic of South Sudan 2017-03-15 07:22:45 Dear. Mr. President, I write to appeal to you for the release of political detainees now in the custody of the National Security Service at Jebel and other detention facilities. In doing this, I (...)

Militias of Bashir’s Regime and the Proxy War (1) 2017-02-08 21:49:09 Sudan Democracy First Group Militias of Bashir’s Regime and the Proxy War (1) War in the Blue Nile: Militias in the hunt of refugees and displaced population Introduction Throughout its rule, (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2017 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.