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Sudanese security storms home of Ethiopian diplomat
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Sudanese security storms home of Ethiopian diplomat
Friday 24 October 2008 06:00.

October 23, 2008 (KHARTOUM) –Sudanese security agents stormed the home of an Ethiopian diplomat in Khartoum and detained some of the attendees, a newspaper reported today.


Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zinawi and the Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir (AFP) The daily Al-Hayat newspaper published in London quoting unidentified diplomatic sources said that the incident happened this week at the home of the Ethiopian military attaché during a party he was holding.

Security officials justified their action as saying that some of the people in the party violated the laws because of liquor that was being served.


The diplomats said the incident is the latest of series of recently setbacks in Sudanese-Ethiopian relations. They further said that Khartoum is angry at Addis Ababa for allegedly supplying arms to the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS).

Earlier this month it was reported that an Ethiopian military plane arrived at Juba airport with weapons to the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA).

The Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the ambassadors of Ethiopia to protest the shipment. However the Ethiopian government said the weapons were for a military show.

The Ethiopian government is also reported to be dissatisfied with the close relations that between Eritrea, its main rival, and Sudan. Moreover some circles in Addis Ababa accuse Khartoum of backing Ethiopian Oromo rebels and Islamist militants in Somalia.

Last July Sudan’s army accused Ethiopian troops of attacking a military camp inside their borders killing 19 soldiers.


(ST)

http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article29022

**Update

Sudan says raid on Ethiopian diplomat house was not intentional
Saturday 25 October 2008 05:00.


October 24, 2008 (KHARTOUM) — Sudanese foreign ministry has expressed regret to his Ethiopian counterpart over police raid on the residence an Ethiopian diplomat in Khartoum and the arrest of his sister. A diplomat said the incident was not intentional.

Sudanese security agents stormed the home of the Ethiopian military attaché in Khartoum and detained his sister during a party he was holding. They explained their action saying some of the people in the party violated the laws because of liquor that was being served.

The alcohol is officially banned in northern Sudan where the Sharia law is applied.

"The foreign ministry officially apologised to the Ethiopian embassy and Foreign Minister Deng Alor phoned the Ethiopian foreign minister to apologise for what happened," said ministry official Ali Yousuf.

Sudanese police, apparently unaware that the unmarked residence belonged to a foreign diplomat, raided the home of the Ethiopian military attaché this week while the diplomat was out.

"The police confiscated the alcohol and took the lady, who said she was his sister," said Yousuf.

Following contact with the Ethiopian embassy, foreign ministry officials went to the police station and secured the woman’s immediate release, the Sudanese official said.

The incident is the latest of series of recently setbacks in Sudanese-Ethiopian relations. Khartoum is angry at Addis Ababa for allegedly supplying arms to the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS).

Earlier this month it was reported that an Ethiopian military plane arrived at Juba airport with weapons to the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA).

The Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the ambassadors of Ethiopia to protest the shipment. However the Ethiopian government said the weapons were for a military show.

However the Sudanese diplomat turned down any link between the police raid and the weapon shipment to Juba. He said the raid was "not intentional" and a "mistake".

"This (raid) is an isolated incident that has nothing to do with the weapons in the south. We have strategic relations with Ethiopia and we have full respect for all Ethiopian diplomats," said Yousuf.

Diplomatic sources said police confiscated between 50 and 60 bottles of alcohol from the Ethiopian diplomat’s home.

(ST)



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