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Ambassador Dr. Ali Youssef, a former Sudanese diplomat and head of the Executive Committee of the Sudanese Initiative to Strengthen Relations with Egypt, said that the statement of the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs placed Ethiopia before its legal responsibility unequivocally in two important directions; The first is to affirm the principle of inheritance in international law, which is a principle that obliges states to respect the agreements they sign at all times and not to disavow them or their legal consequences under any argument, especially border agreements between African countries that confirmed their commitment to these agreements in the Charter of the Organization of African Unity in 1963 and in the resolution The first African summit held in Cairo in 1964, which affirmed respect for borders based on agreements signed in the colonial period (Somalia reserved its protest against Ethiopias annexation of the Somali Ogaden region, and Morocco reservations due to the dispute over Western Sahara).
The former Sudanese diplomat and head of the executive committee of the Sudanese initiative to strengthen relations with Egypt added to Al-Masry Al-Youm: “The second and most important trend is to hold Ethiopia responsible for disavowing border agreements with Sudan, especially the 1902 agreement because the agreement under which Ethiopia annexed the Benishangul region and was affiliated with Sudan to its territory. At the request of the Ethiopian Emperor Menelik II and the approval of Britain, the country that was colonizing Sudan at that time.
Ambassador Ali Yusef affirmed: “Failure to recognize colonial border agreements gives Sudan the right to regain the land on which the Renaissance Dam is built and inhabited so far by Sudanese tribes,” noting that the Sudanese Foreign Ministry’s statement came in categorical and decisive language that placed Ethiopia before its legal responsibility before the world, especially the United Nations. As a prelude to the next step in the confrontation, adding: “We do not believe that Ethiopia will back down from the line of defiance and the unilateral, provocative actions of the Hungarian and downstream countries.”