Lieutenant-General Khaled Abdin al-Shami, deputy chief of staff – operations in the Sudanese army, said that the army had regained 80% of the Sudanese territory that was controlled by Ethiopian groups, and had taken control of a large number of villages inhabited by the Ethiopian militia.
He added that the Sudanese army has reached sites that enable it to secure the borders and agricultural lands in the areas of Al-Fashaqa Al-Kubra and Al-Fasha Al-Saghra.
Al-Shami said that the Sudanese army is fighting a war with Ethiopian regular forces, not Ethiopian militias, based on the reality of the weapons used with large bullets and long ranges, he said.
He stressed that the army implemented all that it had planned at the borders, although it did not reach the final borders, according to the expression of the Shami team.
On the other hand, Ethiopian Foreign Ministry spokesman Dina Mufti said that his government will strengthen its efforts to resolve the conflict that occurred on the border between Ethiopia and Sudan.
The spokesman denied that his country had warned Sudan about the border dispute, and said that Sudan is a brother country that only advice is given to it, and the Mufti accused a third party, whom he did not name, of fueling the dispute.
He added – in a special statement to Al Jazeera – that the entry of Sudanese militias and forces into Ethiopian lands would not serve the interest of both countries.
Support the Sudanese army
And on Sunday, the Council of Partners for the Transitional Period in Sudan stressed the need to expedite the provision of all support to the army soldiers on the eastern border with Ethiopia.
This came in a meeting of the council chaired by the head of the transitional sovereignty council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, according to the Sudanese News Agency (SUNA).
The council includes 29 members: Al-Burhan as president, 5 other soldiers, the prime minister, 13 members of the Forces of Freedom and Change (the ruling coalition), and 7 from the Revolutionary Front (armed movements), in addition to two members from eastern Sudan, to be determined.
“The meeting reviewed the situation on the eastern borders and reassured the high morale of the army soldiers who guard the homeland’s sovereignty, and stressed the need to expedite providing all support to them,” said Majlis spokeswoman Maryam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi.
She added, “With an emphasis on respecting the Ethiopians residing in the different cities of Sudan and welcoming those who recently arrived in the country, following the events that took place in their country,” and added, “The Council denounced the harmful rumors of the relationship between the two neighboring peoples,” without details.
The number of Ethiopian refugees in Sudan rose – Saturday – to 58,454 refugees fleeing the conflict in the Tigray region, northern Ethiopia, between the federal army and the forces of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, according to the latest Sudanese government census.
Demarcation of the border
On Wednesday, the two countries ended a round of talks in Khartoum on demarcating the common border, without announcing any decision in this regard.
“The two parties agreed to submit reports to the leadership of the two countries, provided that the next meeting will be held at a date to be determined later through diplomatic channels in Addis Ababa,” a joint statement issued by the Sudanese Cabinet said.
The statement added, “The meeting took place in a friendly and fraternal atmosphere that embodies the fraternal relations existing between Sudan and Ethiopia, which are based on the principles of good neighborliness, cooperation and mutual understanding.”
The border demarcation agreement dates back to 1902 between Britain and Ethiopia, before the independence of Sudan in 1956, and disagreements still exist regarding it.