25 January 2013

Ethiopia and South Sudan Sign Agreement for Border Peace and Security

Senior army officers of Ethiopia and South Sudan signed agreement to collaborate over issues relating to peace and security along the common border earlier this week. Brigadier-General Zewdu Belay, head of the Ethiopian delegation, Major-General Gebriel Jock , South Sudan's delegation leader, signed the agreement in Gambella.

Speaking on the occasion, Gambella Regional State President, Umod Ubong, stressed the importance of the security forces of Ethiopia and South Sudan working jointly to increase the benefits of peace and security for the peoples of both countries.

President Umod said maintaining reliable peace and security along the common border meant encouragement of people-to-people ties and economic relations between the two countries. He said activities have been carried out successfully to extradite wanted criminals and 'anti-peace elements' , and he emphasized the need to intensify such activities as well as enhance current efforts towards expanding benefits of the links for the people of both states.

Brigadier-General Zewdu noted that both countries were caerrying out integrated activities to ensure sustainable peace and security along their common border. Major-General Jock said that Ethiopia and South Sudan not only had close people-to-people ties but also extensive economic and cultural relations. South Sudan, he said, was desirous to further boost existing overall relations, adding that this agreement would help to strengthen peace and security in the area.

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