Sudan announces the failure of the Renaissance Dam negotiations and returns the file to the African Union

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The ministers of water resources in Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia agreed to end this round of negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and return the file to the African Union.

This tour, which began on Sunday 27 October, was to last for a week; It has been unable to make any tangible progress in the role set by the joint meeting of Foreign and Water Ministers, which is to agree on the role that experts can play in the negotiation, negotiation methodology, paths and timetable for it.

Sudan has maintained, according to a statement issued by the Sudanese Ministry of Irrigation, on Wednesday evening, during this round of refusing to return to negotiations according to the previous methodology, which did not make any progress. Sudan put forward a detailed proposal on giving a greater role to the African Union experts to bridge the points of view between the parties and propose compromise solutions. Ethiopia has expressed its agreement to maximize the role of the African Union experts and presented a vision similar to that of Sudan, but Egypt objected to this proposal and made proposals revolving around continuing negotiations through the previous methods.

Yasser Abbas, Sudanese Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources, said that Sudan is still committed to the negotiation process under the auspices of the African Union, but with a new methodology to reach a satisfactory agreement for all parties on filling and operating the Renaissance Dam.

Yasser emphasized that the pending technical and legal issues are limited and can be agreed upon if the political will is available on all sides. He pointed out that Sudan cannot negotiate without end and must guarantee the safety of its water installations, especially since the Rusayris reservoir lake is only fifteen kilometers away from the Renaissance Dam.

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