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South Sudan wants to mediate between Ethiopia and Eritrea

Tigrai Online, Oct. 25, 2012

Deng Alor Kuol, South Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs - Tigrai Online
South Sudan's minister for cabinet affairs, Deng Alor, said Addis Ababa and Asmara had given the green light for mediation

Newly independent South Sudan plans to help resolve the long-running border dispute between Ethiopia and Eritrea, a senior official said on Wednesday.

South Sudan's minister for cabinet affairs, Deng Alor, said Addis Ababa and Asmara had given the green light for mediation talks on the border, which could start as early as November.

"We have close ties with both countries so we are planning to mediate and solve the problems that they have between them," Deng Alor, South Sudan's minister for cabinet affairs, told Reuters.

Ethiopian and Eritrean officials were not available to comment. Ethiopia has said its conflict with Asmara over the demarcation of their shared border following a 1998-2000 war would be solved only through a negotiated settlement.

It is very nice gesture by the government of South Sudan to try but what are the chances something tangible will come out their effort? From very influential countries like the United States, to international bodies like UN, EU and AU have tried to bring Ethiopia and Eritrean to the negotiating table to resolve their border issue, with no exception they all failed. Do you think the South Sudan initiative will be successful? If you think yes/no why?

Source: Reuters

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