CAIRO: The disputed Haliab Triangle, claimed by both Egypt and Sudan, has been included in a map by the Sudanese National Election Commission of voting districts for their 2015 general national elections, the Sudan Tribune reported Monday.
Egypt and Sudan have been locked in a border dispute over the area since Sudanese independence in 1956. Sudan claims the area, but it is under Egyptian administration, with 10,000 residents voting in the Egyptian presidential elections.
The Halaib Triangle, is a 20 km sq enclave on the Red Sea coast occupied by tribes from both Egypt and Sudan who have traditionally lived there before the demarcation of the borders.
“The Halaib Triangle is an integral part of Egyptian territory,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated Monday.
A Halaib Triangle tribes’ spokesperson Mohamed Taher Sedo told al-Masry al-Youm the elections “cannot be carried out because the land and the residents are Egyptians.”
Two maps of the territories were set by the British army; one, in the 1899, says the triangle belongs to Egypt and another in 1902 says the area belongs to Sudan.
Additional reporting by Rany Mostafa