Sudan lodges complaint against Egypt at UN Security Council
(7 November 2016)
Reports from the Sudanese Foreign Ministry say that Sudan has lodged a complaint to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) over Egypt’s refusal to discuss the disputed Halayeb triangle.
The Halayeb triangle, which is a 20,580 km area on the Red Sea, has been a contentious issue between Egypt and Sudan since 1958, shortly after Sudan gained its independence from British-Egyptian rule in January 1956.
Since the 1990s the area has been under full military control of Egypt, and Egypt has recently imposed new restrictions on the entry of Sudanese citizens into the area.
According to Sudan, Cairo has rejected Sudan’s request to hold direct discussions on the issue and has also rejected repeated calls to refer the dispute to international arbitration.