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Sudan slams Egypt’s decision to appoint local administrator for Halayeb

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September 22, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese parliament has rejected Egypt’s decision to appoint a chairman for the local council in the disputed Halayeb area, saying Sudan’s sensible dealing with the issue does not mean it accepts the status quo.

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The Halayeb triangle overlooks the Red Sea and has been a contentious issue between Egypt and Sudan since 1958, shortly after Sudan gained independence from British-Egyptian rule.

The area has been under Cairo’s full military control since the mid-1990’s following a Sudanese backed attempt on former Egyptian president Mohamed Hosni Mubarak’s life. Egypt brushed aside Sudan’s repeated calls for referring the dispute to international arbitration.

In February, the Egyptian government issued a decree turning Halayeb into a city that encompasses the villages of Abu-Ramad and Ras-Hedreba.

The Egyptian minister of local development, Adil Habeeb, on Friday appointed a chairman for the local council in Halayeb city.

The head of the parliamentary subcommittee on foreign affairs, security and defence, Malik Hussein, said the Egyptian escalation of the issue and its decision to appoint a chairman for the local council of the area is unacceptable, underscoring that Halayeb is part of the Sudanese territory.

He emphasized that the dispute will be resolved through international laws, saying his country is keen to maintain strong ties with Egypt.

“But that neither means abandoning Halayeb nor implies silence on the issue,” he added.

Hussein stressed that Sudanese executive organs will undertake the necessary measures to respond to the Egyptian move.

The MP noted that the Egyptian move was likely a response to the recent decision of the Sudanese National Elections Commission (NEC) to include Halayeb in the geographical constituencies for the 2015 elections.

He called for maintaining calm towards any provocations from the Egyptian side, saying Halayeb issue is a legal and logical not a public opinion one.

(ST)

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  • 23 September 2014 07:37, by Madina Tonj

    Yah, Northern Sudan are fearful to fight with Egyptian people because Egyptian army would defeated SAF but without any doubt in my mine, this Halayeb Triangle is going to be part of Egypt nation for sure. Also Abyei, South Korodfan and South Blue Nile are going to be part of South Sudan and all Darfur regions will separate from North part of Sudan and Garang said, Sudan will never be same again.

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    • 23 September 2014 17:25, by Rommel

      Madina Tonj:

      Why are you *attempting* to make fun of Sudan’s predicament with Egypt, when Sudan still occupies the Kafia Kingi enclave, Chali, Gulli, Jebelayn, the unity triangle and holds Abyei hostage!? Why aren’t we in control of our homelands? The answer: We are led by corrupt, incompetent traitors. Men that should be forced to face the wall and shot.

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      • 23 September 2014 17:28, by Rommel

        The people of South Sudan are very strong, formidable, resilient people, but principled, intelligent, wise and calculating leadership is crucial, because as said by Chabrias of Axione so very long ago: "An army of sheep led by a lion are more to be feared than an army of lions led by a sheep." We [South Sudanese] are lions and [Salva] is a supine sheep.

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        • 23 September 2014 17:34, by Rommel

          In the absence of peace in South Sudan and far-sighted leadership, these areas will remain under Khartoum’s jurisdiction. The return of our lands is contingent on peace and inclusive cohesion and years of detailed and painstaking preparation and the removal of the death-deserving myopic, ignorant, corrupt, negligent, treasonous sheep in Juba, of which Salva is the ’leader’.

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  • 23 September 2014 14:03, by Michael Miyom Minyiel

    Sudanese to forget about that area for good.

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  • 23 September 2014 18:54, by Northern Sudanese

    Sudan today doesn’t have the capacity to defeat Egypt which has the largest army in Africa and the middle east. but Sudanese people are not stupid, Sudanese people are strong. all we lack is modern weaponry, as soon as NCP falls halayeb will be back. Trust, halayeb bothers Sudanese wherever they are.

    This generation of Sudanese people feels that Ethiopia is more of a sister than egypt!

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