Juba, 4th September 2018. South Sudan and Ethiopia have agreed to form a joint border security force to safeguard peace and stop the flow of arms between the two countries.
The two countries inked an agreement following a two-day border security meeting that ended in Gambella in Ethiopia last Wednesday.
According to the Daily Nation, the Governor of Boma State, David Yau Yau, signed on behalf of South Sudan, and Gatluak Tut Khot, President of Gambella region, signed on behalf of Ethiopia.
The document reads, “There should be a joint security force in the common border between the two states to clear or dismantle the anti-peace elements and illegal business moving around the border areas”.
Ethiopia and South Sudan have also expressed commitment to strengthen ties on education and trade.
The government of Boma State in South Sudan should exert more efforts to recover abducted children and the remaining cattle and return them to Gambella as soon as possible, the document reads.
The agreement gave Ethiopia the freedom to open a liaison office in Boma State to foster cooperation between Murle of South Sudan and Anyuak of Ethiopia.
The liaison office would help mitigate the cross-border raids by both sides.