Sunday, December 06, 2015

Bashir says Ethiopian Renaissance Dam 'has become a reality,’ Halayeb is part of Sudan

(Dec 06, 2015, (Ahram Online))--Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir said that the Ethiopian Renaissance dam has become a reality and that it requires the cooperation of all parties to "ensure its success". In an interview conducted on Al-Arabiya News Channel Saturday, the Sudanese president also commented on the Halayeb Triangle issue.

The Halayeb Triangle, which constitutes 20,500 square kilometres of land on the Red Sea coast along the Egypt-Sudan border, has been under de facto Egyptian administration since the mid-1990’s. Al-Bashir claimed that the Triangle has always been part of Sudanese territory.

"Since the Anglo-Egyptian Condominium until our independence, the Triangle of Halayeb remained part of Sudan...but in 1995 Egyptian forces occupied the triangle," says Al-Bashir. He criticised the Egyptian media for focusing heavily on the Triangle during Egypt's parliamentary elections, a matter that stirred controversy among the Sudanese people.

Triangle of Halayeb is one of the new electoral constituencies in this year's elections. "We have since raised the issue with the UN security council," says Al-Bashir. Speaking about the Renaissance Dam, Al-Bashir believes that tension started under the rule of former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. Read more from Ahram Online »

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