World Bulletin / News Desk
Sudanese Defense Minister Abdel-Rehim Hussein said on Monday that his country lodged a complaint with the U.N. every year regarding its dispute with Egypt over the Halaib Triangle, an area of land that straddles the Egypt-Sudan border.
"The case is still on the agenda at the U.N.," Hussein said in press statements as he left Sudan's parliament after submitting a routine report on his ministry's work.
"Sudan continues to renew its complaint," he added without elaborating.
It was the first time a Sudanese official had referred to Sudanese complaints filed at the U.N. regarding the disputed border triangle.
Situated in southeastern Egypt, the Halaib Triangle has remained under Egyptian control since 1995. Sudan, however, continues to insist that Halaib constitutes an integral part of its own territory.
However, following a February visit to Cairo, Hussein ruled out the possibility that the land dispute would hinder relations between Cairo and Khartoum.
"The problem will be resolved through dialogue," the top Sudanese general had said at the time.
Meanwhile, Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman Badr Abdel-Ati said in previous statements that the triangle represented "100 percent Egyptian territory."
"There is no room for argument over this," Abdel-Ati had said.
In 1992, Egypt raised objections when Sudan offered to allow a Canadian oil firm to explore an area next to the Halaib Triangle, forcing the company to eventually withdraw.Last Mod: 15 Nisan 2014, 10:05