South Sudan, Ethiopian police sign bilateral cooperation in Juba

South Sudan and Ethiopia’s police chiefs sign bilateral agreement in Juba | Photo: SSNPS

South Sudan National Police Service (SSNPS) has signed a bilateral agreement with Ethiopian Federal Police commission. In a ceremony held at the South Sudan Ministry of Interior headquarters, in the capital, Juba.

The signing which was attended by South Sudan Ambassador to Ethiopia and designated Ethiopian Ambassador to South Sudan reached a joint recommendations which includes, exchange of security information on the organized and transnational crimes, capacity building, training of South Sudan police officers at Ethiopian police Colleges and universities level, cooperation and border management and joint security investigation, sharing and transfer of experience and coordination among others.

In his address, the Inspector General of South Sudan National Police Service, Gen. Majak Akec Malok noted that the MoU between South Sudan National Police and Ethiopian Federal police will double up the efforts and cooperation on many issues including security intelligence, information sharing, control of organized crimes and training of South Sudan National Police Service officers in Ethiopia.

“This is the beginning and good gesture between South Sudan police and Ethiopian Federal police,” Akech said.


“For us, we are very delighted and privileged to have you and it will be long lasting relationships that will actually path way for other generations to come.”

In his remarks, the commissioner General of Ethiopian Federal police C. G. Demelash Gebremicheal noted that the presence of the SSNPS counterparts at this time shows strong commitment to work towards eradicating challenges, including joint policing in fighting crime between the two countries.

About 40 Ambassadors and Diplomats visit Mekelle

Over 40 Ambassadors and Diplomats visit heavily-bombarded Mekelle | Courtesy

Press Release | Foreign Affairs Ministry Press

State Minister H.E. Ambassador Redwan Hussien and 40 resident Ambassadors and diplomats in Addis Ababa have paid a visit to Mekelle city today (March 10).

Upon arrival at Alula Aba Nega Airport, they were warmly welcomed by H.E. Dr. Mulu Nega, Chief Executive of the Interim Administration of Tigray.

Dr. Mulu Nega, and colleagues briefed the Ambassadors about current situations in Tigray, particularly on the rehabilitation and rebuilding efforts as well as security issues in the region.

In this regard, challenges and results achieved in rebuilding damaged infrastructures, reopening public service institutions, rehabilitating IDPs, and delivering humanitarian supports were discussed in detail.

Aid agencies and the international community are requested to provide all the necessary humanitarian support using the unfettered access granted to them by the federal government.

Ethiopia arrests 5 S. Sudanese, seizes 300,000 SSP, illegal firearms in Gambella

A Soviet Union General-Purpose Machine Gun (PKM) and more than 300,000 South Sudanese pounds impounded from smugglers in Gambella | Photo: EBC

The Ethiopian government has arrested five suspects accused of illegally smuggling more than 300,000 South Sudanese pounds, PKM machine guns and rounds of ammunition in Gambella, a town bordering Ethiopia and South Sudan.

According to Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation, “the five suspects were arrested while smuggling foreign money and weapons from neighboring South Sudan.”

The incident was also confirmed by Gambella’s Deputy Police Commissioner, Tut Khor. “The five suspects were arrested three days ago in the Gambella region, and are in police custody before they are brought before the court as soon as their investigation is finalized.”

More than 300,000 South Sudanese pounds impounded from South Sudan’s nationals | Photo: ETB

South Sudan and Ethiopia have porous border points that make it easy for criminal groups to smuggle firearms and illicit money used to fund illegal activities in the region.

Last week, the two neighboring countries inked an agreement aimed at curbing cross-border criminals activities in the region.

The cooperation agreement was signed by the Ethiopian Chief of General Staff, General Birhanu Jula and his South Sudanese counterpart Gen. Johnson Juma Okot in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

PM Abiy to deport hundreds of Tigrayan Blue Helmets from South Sudan

The Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, has been accused of targeting Tigrayan peacekeepers operating under the mandate of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

Thousands of people, mostly from the Tigray region, have taken to social media urging the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, to intervene and condemn the decision being taken by the Ethiopian government.

“Abiy Ahmed has been ethnically profiling Tigrayan origin UN peacekeepers stationed in South Sudan; he’s planing to forcefully return large number of Tigrayan peacekeepers to Ethiopia starting tomorrow —UN needs to intervene and ensure their safety.”

Last year, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, strongly condemned and denounced reports of ethnic profiling against Tigrayan communities in various parts of Ethiopia by the security forces.

“There is an urgent need for independent monitoring of the human rights situation in the Tigray region, all necessary measures to protect civilians, and accountability for violations.”

“We have reports that particularly areas surrounding towns like Mekelle, Sherero, Axum, Abiy Addi, and the borders between the Amhara and Tigray regions, fighting continues between federal forces and the TPLF (Tigray People’s Liberation Front), and affiliated militias on both sides,” Bachelet told a news conference in Geneva.

Since the outbreak of violence in 2020, thousands are believed to have bee killed and millions displaced from their homes.

Newsflash: Ethiopia declares war on Sudan as tensions reach boiling point

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed / File

The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a strongly-worded statement, condemning the incursion of the Sudanese armed forces into Ethiopian territory and accused an unnamed third party of being behind this border-conflict between the two countries.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia condemns in the strongest possible terms the escalation and provocative behavior of the Government of the Sudan regarding the boundary issue between Ethiopia and the Sudan. Ethiopia believes that any conflict between our two countries would only result in a colossal collateral damage and jeopardizes the well- being of the two nations,” the Ethiopian government said on Thursday.

The Ethiopian government underscored that an all-out conflict between Sudan and Ethiopia could have detrimental impact on the region and jeopardize ongoing efforts to bring the two countries to the negotiating table.

“Therefore, the Ethiopian government strongly believes that the conflict being trumpeted by the Sudanese government’s military wing could only serve the interests of a third party at the expense of the Sudanese people. It is to be noted that the two governments have sufficient mechanisms to deal with any claims and counter-claims of the border or any territorial claims. However, the Sudanese National Army violated the basic principles of international law and peaceful settlements of disputes by unceremoniously invading Ethiopia in carly November 2020.”

“In doing so, Sudan has violated the bilateral boundary agreements, which stipulate non-displacement of nationals of either nation from their farms jointly registered by the two Governments, the status quo of which shall be maintained until the disposition of the case by an agreement.

“The Sudanese side has also overturned and undermined the efforts of the joint boundary committees that have been making tireless efforts to finalize the re-demarcation process of the common boundary. Contrary to the spirit of friendship and cooperation existing between our two brotherly countries, the Sudanese Army looted properties, burned camps, attacked and displaced thousands of Ethiopians and controlled vacated Ethiopian Military Camps.”

“What is more deplorable is, in an apparent misrepresentation of the facts on the ground, Sudan is deliberately engaged in misinformation campaigns against Ethiopia by accusing the victim as an aggressor, evading accountability by shifting blame and camouflaging its belligerence and continue its provocation in an attempt to control more lands.”

“Amidst of all these escalatory and provocative behaviour of the Sudan, Ethiopia has shown a great deal of patience, remained restrained from exercising its legitimate right of self-defence and time and again expressed its commitment to a peaceful settlement of differences regarding the boundary through existing bilateral agreements and joint border mechanisms. What is needed is a political will of the two governments, which would enable them reach at an amicable solution.”

“Ethiopia firmly believes in the long standing fraternal relations between the people of Ethiopia and Sudan regardless of the nature of their respective governments. The attempt being made by the Sudanese Amy to push the friendly pcoples of Ethiopia and Sudan to unwarranted war is a serious blunder that will undermine their peace, stability and development of the two nations in particular and the region in general. Ethiopia while reiterating its commitment for a peaceful settlement of the boundary issue, once again calls upon the government of the Sudan to reverse the aggression, desist from provocation and resort to a peaceful settlement of the boundary issue.”

“Therefore, the Ethiopian government would like to call upon the people of the Sudan to check on its government from serving a third party interest which only would result in the determent of the two nations. Furthermore, Ethiopia calls upon brotherly African countries to advice the Sudanese government to finalize the border issues through available mechanisms in peaceful manner. The government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia also thanks the people of Ethiopia for showing maximum patience and profound understanding.”

SPLM-IO comes under fire after enlisting Ethiopian officers into its forces

Chairman of the SPLM-IO, Dr. Riek Machar |Photo: File

South Sudan’s main opposition group has been caught between a hard rock and a place after recruiting two high-ranking officers who had previously served under the Ethiopian Unity Patriot Army – a faction headed by opposition leader Thowath Pal Chay.

On Tuesday, the SPLM-IO Sector 4th Deputy Commander, Major-General Khor Chuol Giet confirmed the arrival of the two high-ranking commanders

“This is to inform all of you that, we have one Brigadier General Pal Ojulu Babuoth and Coloniel Thalow Babuoth Puoch who defected from (EUPA) Ethiopian Unity Patriot Army let by Comrade Thowath Pal Chay.”

According to Gen. Khor, the agreement that led to their defection was between them and the SPLM-IO Chairman, Dr. Riek Machar.

“Therefore, Brigadier General Pal Ojulu and Coloniel Thalow Babuoth are now defected from the above Movement and they Join now the SPLA-I0 meanwhile Brig Gen Pal Ojulu met our Chairman Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon in Addis Ababa last year on the date 09/02/2020 and was directed by our Chairman to come to us in Jekow as well as he came to us in Jekow in April last year as he is now with us in Jekow.”

South Sudan is a close ally to Ethiopia and the two countries have maintained their strong bilateral relations since the independence in 2011.

It’s not clear what prompted the defection of these two officers from the Ethiopian Unity Patriot Army
to South Sudan’s opposition group.

Attempts by Thessherald to reach Ethiopian authorities for comment hit a snag.

Breaking: Ethiopian commanders defect from EUPA, join SPLM/A-IO

Two military commanders serving under the Ethiopian Unity Patriot Army (EUPA), an opposition group let by Thowath Pal Chay, have defected from their country and joined the SPLM/A-IO.

According to a letter signed by Major General Khor Chuol, Sector 4th Deputy Commander, the two officers met Dr. Riek Machar last year and expressed willingness to join the SPLM-IO of South Sudan.

“This is to inform all of you that, we have one Brigadier General Pal Ojulu Babuoth and Coloniel Thalow Babuoth Puoch who defected from (EUPA) Ethiopian Unity Patriot Army let by Comrade Thowath Pal Chay.”

Gen. Khor Chuol Giet

“Therefore, Brigadier General Pal Ojulu and Coloniel Thalow Babuoth are now defected from the above Movement and they Join now the SPLA-I0 meanwhile Brig Gen Pal Ojulu met our Chairman Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon in Addis Ababa last year on the date 09/02/2020 and was directed by our Chairman to come to us in Jekow as well as he came to us in Jekow in April last year as he is now with us in Jekow.”

South Sudan is a close ally to Ethiopia and the two countries have maintained their strong bilateral relations since the country’s independence in 2011.

It’s not clear what prompted the defection of these two officers from the Ethiopian Unity Patriot Army to South Sudan’s opposition group.

Attempts by Thessherald to reach the Ethiopian authorities for comment hit a snag.

NSS Director Akol Koor, Ethiopia’s Intelligence chief hold security meeting

Director of South Sudan’s Internal Security Bureau, Akol Koor Kuc and his Ethiopian counterpart, Temesgen Tiruneh, Ethiopia’s head of Intelligence | Photo: File

The Director-General of South Sudan’s Internal Security Bureau, Akol Koor Kuc and his Ethiopian counterpart, Temesgen Tiruneh, Director General of the Ethiopian National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) have held a joint security meeting on issues affecting the region.

The bilateral meeting between the two security chiefs revolved around efforts to improve capacity-building sectors and mitigate cross-border crimes in the two neighboring countries.

“During the discussion, the two sides agreed to strengthen their cooperation on regional security issues,” according to a statement NISS sent to FBC on Wednesday.

The two leaders affirmed their firm commitment to bolstering regional peace – by conducting regular trainings and reducing the proliferation of illegal firearms, human trafficking and cross-border terrorism.

On his part, the Director General of the Ethiopian National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), Temesgen Tiruneh, reaffirmed his commitment to offering high-level training for security agents in South Sudan.

IGAD, EU sign €4.4m grant for Boma-Gambella biodiversity conservation

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IGAD representatives and EU delegation sign a €4.4 Million Agreement on January 24, 2021 in Ethiopia |Photo: © MoF of Ethiopia.
IGAD representatives and EU delegation sign a €4.4 Million Agreement on January 24, 2021 in Ethiopia |Photo: © MoF of Ethiopia.

The Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu, and the Head of the European Delegation to Djibouti, Ambassador Aidan O’Hara, on Monday (January 24) signed a 4.4 Million Euros Grant Agreement to support IGAD for a Trans-boundary South Sudan-Ethiopia conservation project of biodiversity in the Boma-Gambella landscape.

The Political and Public Diplomacy Plenipotentiary Minister, Melaku Bedada speaking for the Ambassador of Ethiopia to Djibouti, commended the IGAD-EU for materializing the grant agreement.

He reiterated Ethiopia’s unrelenting commitment to further enhancing the collaborative conservation of biodiversity, landscape, and greenery.

Melaku noted this project will engender a remarkable impact on the biodiversity management and livelihoods of communities residing in Boma-Gambella areas and expressed the government’s readiness and full support for its implementation.

In his opening remarks, Dr. Workneh praised the long-standing friendship between IGAD and the European Union that had ‘grown from strength to strength.

This project is the latest in a long line of partnerships and shared initiatives between IGAD and the EU to preserve all that is good in our region and also address the challenges that we face, Dr. Workneh said.

Ambassador O’Hara commended IGAD Secretariat for the cross-border approach it is taking to tackling regional challenges.

He also emphasized how important it is to involve local communities in the implementation of the program and wished the implementing partner, The Wildlife Conservation Society, a success.

IGAD will be in charge of the global coordination of this transboundary project while the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) will be the implementing partner.

Ex-South Sudan’s Chief Mediator Seyoum Mesfin is dead

Ex-South Sudan’s Chief Mediator Seyoum Mesfin killed by the Ethiopian National Defense Forces |Photo: File

The Ethiopian government said on Wednesday its military had killed three members of the Tigray region’s former ruling party, including former Ethiopian Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin.

The three Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) officials were killed, and five other party members were captured, after they refused to surrender to the military, the government’s task force for the crisis in Tigray said on Twitter.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government declared victory in its conflict with the TPLF on Nov. 28 last year after nearly a month of fighting.

Fugitive leaders of the TPLF had vowed to continue to fight from the mountains of the region in northern Ethiopia, but Reuters has been unable to contact them for weeks.

The military said last week it had captured Sebhat Nega, a founding member of the TPLF.

At the weekend, it said it had killed 15 members of the TPLF and captured eight others, according to state-run TV.
Seyoum was Ethiopia’s foreign minister from 1991 to 2010.

Air strikes and battles since early November in Tigray are believed to have killed thousands of people. Fighting is continuing in some parts and more than 2 million people need aid, the United Nations said this week.


Originally published by Reuters

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