The Sudan and its southeast neighbour, Ethiopia, have taken the first formal steps towards a reconciliation after six years of uneasy coexistence.
GV INTERIOR Sudanese and Ethiopian delegates seated at table, during signing.
CU Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs El Racheed el-Tahir Bark signing. ZOOM OUT TO Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Colonel Gedle Giorgis Feleke. (2 SHOTS)
SV Two Ministers shaking hands and embracing, and exchanging agreements. PAN TO delegates applauding.
CU Delegates listening to Mr. El Tahir Bark speaking in Arabic.
SV Colonel Feleke speaking in English.
SV Ministers shaking hands as delegates applaude.
FEIEKE: "Because this day is the beginning, as I've said, of a new era, in our relations, active relations after a number of years of passive relations between our two (indistinct) countries. The documents which both of us are committed to implement in good faith. We, your brothers from Ethiopia, are determined to implement those agreements and understandings to the letter. Further agreements and understanding definitely will take place, in the future."
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Background: The Sudan and its southeast neighbour, Ethiopia, have taken the first formal steps towards a reconciliation after six years of uneasy coexistence. The signing, last Thursday (8 May), of an agreement on information and cultural co-operation is the first part of the overall strategy for reaching a negotiated settlement in Eritrea's fight for independence from Ethiopia. Eritrean guerrillas have, in the past, used Sudan as a base.
SYNOPSIS: The agreement was signed in Khartoum's Friendship Hall by the Foreign Ministers - El Racheed el-Tahir Bark of the Sudan and Colonel Gedle Giorgis Feleke of Ethiopia.
Sudan has been playing a crucial role in the renewed efforts towards a solution to the Eritrean dispute. The signing took place on the second day of the Ethiopian delegation's six-day visit.
Mr. Bark's country's dispute with Ethiopia began when a Marxist miliary coup toppled the feudal order of Emperor Haile Selassie. Since then, the Eritreans, who were annexed by Ethiopia two decades ago and have been fighting a war of independence, have been receiving aid from Sudan.
The Ethiopian Minister Colonel Feleke spoke of the new beginnings symbolised by the signing.
The Eritrean conflict has burdened Sudan's economy with nearly four hundred thousand Eritrean refugees.