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Khartoum – Sudan’s foreign ministry has instructed the concerned bodies to develop a roadmap to end what he called ‘the Egyptian presence‘ in the disputed area of Halayeb triangle, said border demarcation official,
Head of Sudan’s Technical Committee for Border Demarcation (TCBD) Abdallah al-Sadiq told Sudan Tribune the foreign ministry has met with several government organs including the justice and interior ministries, National Records Office and the TCBD in order to modify files prepared by previous committees on Halayeb.
The Halayeb triangle has been a contentious issue between Egypt and Sudan since 1958.
Sudan Tribune newspaper reported on Sunday.
The Hala’ib Triangle is an area of land measuring 20,580 square kilometres (7,950 sq mi) located on the Red Sea’s African coast. The area, which takes its name from the town of Hala’ib, is created by the difference in the Egypt–Sudan border between the “political boundary” set in 1899 by the Anglo-Egyptian Condominium, which runs along the 22nd parallel north, and the “administrative boundary” set by the British in 1902, which gave administrative responsibility for an area of land north of the line to Sudan, which was an Anglo-Egyptian client at the time.
The area has been under Cairo’s full military control since the mid-1990’s following a Sudanese-backed attempt to kill the former Egyptian President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak.
He pointed the move indicates that the foreign ministry aims to take some action regarding Halayeb issue.
On Sunday, al-Sadiq told the semi-official Sudan Media Center (SMC) that a committee including all concerned bodies has been formed to decide on Halayeb triangle issue.
“The committee held a preparatory meeting to develop guidelines and a road map to explore ways to evict the Egyptians from the area [Halayeb] through diplomacy,” he said.
Al-Sadiq stressed that Khartoum has documents which clearly proves that Halayeb is a Sudanese territory.
Last October, Sudan once again lodged a complaint to United Nation Security Council (UNSC) over Halayeb triangle.
Last April, Cairo refused a demand by the Sudanese government to hold direct talks on Halayeb and Shalateen or to accept the referral of the dispute to the International Court of Arbitration.
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