April 06, 2012
Ethiopia and South Sudan have agreed to undertake a range of joint activities along their shared border.
Representatives from Ethiopia’s Gambella and South Ethiopia Nation Nationalities and Peoples state (SNNP) regions and South Sudan’s Jonglei, Upper Nile and Easter Equatoria states met in Ethiopia’s Gambela town last week to discuss ways of fostering cooperation over a broad range of interests and concerns.
Gambella state chief Umod Ubong and the Jonglei deputy governor Hussien Mar have signed the agreement.
The bordering regions of the two countries will undertake a number of development activities and will make coordinated efforts to further strengthen the ties between its people.
The two sides have also agreed to work on border security, to ensure sustainable peace and stability. They will take joint measures to combat armed groups which are pose a threat to the security of the border regions.
David Kong Dang, deputy head of mission at the embassy of South Sudan in Addis Ababa told Sudan Tribune that the joint border commission meeting had been “fruitful”.
Dang said both delegations have agreed to control the illegal movement of people across the border by establishing immigration check points at the main crossing points in Gambella and Akoba on Ethiopian side and Pagak and Nasir areas on South Sudanese side.
This is the first major joint agreement to be signed between the countries at regional level since South Sudan officially gained independence in July 2011.
In March the first Ethiopia-South Sudan Joint Ministerial Commission meeting was held in Juba with the signing of eight Memoranda of Understandings to advance economic and political ties. They covered issues including transit, communications, transport, exports education and capacity building.
A Memorandum of Understanding was also signed on a Joint Strategic Partnership aimed at promoting development, peace, security and stability in the region in particular and in Africa in general.
Source Sudan Tribune
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