Eritrea: Sudan plotted assassination

Eritrea has accused the Sudanese government of plotting to assassinate its president, raising the stakes in a months-long series of charges and counter-charges.

    The Sudan-Eritrea border has been closed since 2002

    Eritrea's Information Minister, Ali Ahmad, said on Monday Sudan had stepped up its attempts to disrupt peace and

    stability in his country.

     

    He alleged Khartoum was continuing to pursue "its practice of

    governmental terrorism and assassination attempts against the

    president [Isaias

    Afworki]", but did not elaborate.

      

    Already strained relations between the neighbouring states

    worsened considerably in 2002 when Khartoum accused the Eritrean government of

    supporting an offensive by Sudanese rebels on its territory.

     

    The states' common border has since been closed.

      

    Another cause of tension is Sudan's good relationship with

    Ethiopia, which fought a border war with Eritrea between 1998 and 2000.

    The peace process between Eritrea and Ethiopia has stalled.

      

    Earlier in October, an Eritrean diplomat asked for political

    asylum in Sudan, protesting against what he described as worsening

    conditions back home.

    SOURCE: AFP


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