The Chairman of the Sovereign Council of Sudan has renewed his country’s claim over disputed areas along the border with South Sudan and Egypt.
General Abdel Fattah El Burhan pledges to send Sudanese troops to reoccupy lands –specifically those at the border with South Sudan’s Upper Nile state.
In his publicly reported address to Sudanese troops at the Wadi Sayedna military area in Omdurman, El Burhan asserted a claim over the disputed areas.
Sudan and South Sudan have laid claim on areas along their borders.
The claimed and disputed areas include; Abyei, Mile-14 or Kiir Adim. They also include Joudat Al-Fakhar, Jebel al-Migainais, Kaka, and Kafia Kingi.
The disputed areas are reportedly inhabited by more than 10 million people.
Experts from the two countries say these contested areas are rich with natural resources and conducive weather for farming and livestock keeping.
The two countries have not been able to address their claims over these areas since South Sudan gained independence in 2011.
In September 2012, a cooperation agreement was signed to include; free movement of persons, residence and commerce across the borders -although not implemented
They also agreed to withdraw troops 10 kilometres away from the border.
“A day will come when the Sudan Armed Forces will raise the flag of Sudan in the greater Fashka, Halayib, Shalaten, Joda and all the disputed areas,” said an excited General Abdel Fattah El Burhan to the Sudanese troops on Monday, 24 August, 2020.
“We want to see our army get back those areas so that Sudan can take control of all areas across the country,” he added.
When contacted by Eye Radio, South Sudan’s government spokesperson, Michael Makuei described El Burhan utterances as a political statement.
“These are political statements, which we cannot just respond,” Makuei stated, adding “…and that is a different thing also.”
In October last year, South Sudan and Sudan agreed to fully specify joint borders and contested areas.
A Joint Technical Committee for Border Demarcation signed an agreement for the full delimitation of coordinates in the areas agreed upon on the borderline.
The committee developed an Atlas on the maps, provided reference documents which specify known and unexplored borderlines.
In 2012, South Sudan briefly went to war with Sudan over the border, and oil in the contested areas of Panthou known as Heglig and Abyei region.
Several contested areas between the two countries reportedly produce oil and are thought to hold deposits of copper and uranium.