Sudan says Ethiopia attacked military base

ethiopian army
July 8, 2008

The central reserve police
are a heavily armed military unit and are often deployed along border
areas or to defend the capital Khartoum.

“This was an attack and
we don’t know the reason — we have no problem with Ethiopia and there
are no border disputes or tribal clashes in that area,” the army
spokesman said.

Bereket Simon, special adviser to Ethiopian
Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, told Reuters in Addis Ababa the problem
was that the long frontier was not properly demarcated.

“Sometimes locals from both sides trespass and minor incidents do happen,” he said, denying troops were involved.

“If there was a minor incident involving local inhabitants … Ethiopia
is confident both governments will solve the problem in accordance with
the prevailing peaceful norms we maintain.

” Sudan signed a
north-south peace deal in 2005 which ended Africa’s longest civil war
and also improved relations with its east African neighbours.

One Sudanese security source and another government official said the
attack may have been because Sudan had given refuge a to local
Ethiopian officials few weeks earlier and had refused to hand them over
to Addis Ababa.

It was not clear why the officials sought refuge
in Sudan. Ethiopia is fighting rebels from the Oromo region which
borders Sudan and who want greater autonomy for their areas.

Sudan army spokesman said a joint Ethiopian-Sudanese committee had been
formed to investigate the attack. (Additional reporting by Tsegaye
Tadesse in Addis Ababa; Editing by Matthew Tostevin) (For full Reuters
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