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Title:This land is my land: the Ethio-Sudan boundary and the need to rectify arbitrary colonial boundaries
Author:Wubneh, MulatuISNI
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies (ISSN 1469-9397)
Geographic terms:Ethiopia
international relations
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/02589001.2016.1143602
Abstract:Ethiopia and Sudan share a common boundary of over 1600 km which was drawn through a series of treaties between Ethiopia and the colonial powers of Britain and Italy. To date, this boundary has not been clearly demarcated. In 2007, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front, the current ruling government, entered into a secret agreement with the Sudan to make adjustments on the border. This paper identifies the major factors that have frustrated efforts to address the Ethio-Sudan boundary problem and also proposes solutions on how Ethiopia and Sudan could resolve their differences. The analysis reveals that political, social and cultural factors; the decision to adopt the western concept of the boundary; and the failure to recognise the historic and cultural constructs have contributed to the frustration of negotiations on the border. The paper proposes that Ethiopia and Sudan embrace the African Union Border Program, which encourages mutual cooperation, regional integration and the building of communities with strong economic and cultural ties. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]