Thursday 01 April 2021
The Ethiopian statements contradicted the position on the Quartet mediation, to resolve the Renaissance Dam crisis, as Dina Mufti, the spokesman for the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry, announced that his country refused international mediation and adhered to negotiations through the African Union, after the end of the week-long visit of the US envoy Donald Booth, before the Ethiopian ambassador in Cairo said Arcos Tekle Riki, negotiations on the issue of the Renaissance Dam with Egypt and Sudan will soon be resumed; To reach a satisfactory agreement for all parties under the auspices of the African Union.
This comes after the statements of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the day before yesterday, in which he warned against harming Egypt’s water in his comment on the developments in the negotiations of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
He said: “We do not threaten anyone, but no one can take a drop of water from Egypt (…) Otherwise, the region will witness a state of instability that no one imagines.
Dr. Hani Raslan, a consultant to the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, said that the conflicting Ethiopian statements are evidence of the lack of seriousness in dealing with the file regardless of the statements of the officials, indicating that the Ethiopian side wants to keep the negotiations in the orbit of the African Union, which has not presented anything new during the past years. .
In exclusive statements to “Masrawy”, he added that international mediation had previously been shown by the Congo to the three countries, and Cairo and Khartoum agreed to it, while Addis Ababa rejected it, according to official statements and statements announced by Ethiopian officials.
The advisor to Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies pointed out that Ethiopia has a contradiction in its discourse and the true meaning that it means behind its speeches.
Addis Ababa rejected the international mediation on March 18, after Khartoum proposed that the European Union, the United Nations, the United States of America and the African Union intervene as a mediator and not an observer.
Dr. Abbas Sharaqi, an expert on water resources at Cairo University, confirmed that the Ethiopian ambassador in Cairo wants to improve the situation and image of his country and show it in the appearance of wanting to negotiate, which is understandable, adding that the fact is that there is a proposal with international mediation, and the evidence is the tour of the American envoy Booth.
Sharaki added, in exclusive statements to Masrawy, that next Saturday will witness a new negotiation round, but only for foreign ministers under the auspices of the Congo, explaining that the three days announced by the Congo are a long period of time, especially since the talk will not be about technical matters, but we may find a new proposal that satisfies all. the parties.
He pointed out that this round is one of the most important negotiating rounds, especially as it will witness the agreement of the three parties to the next meeting on April 15, according to the timetable set by Egypt and Sudan.
Dr. Diaa Al-Qusi, a former advisor to the Minister of Irrigation, said that Ethiopias statements about the lack of an official speech on negotiations are surprising, especially since the “quartet” international mediation request is not new, and it happened at the end of last year when the United States of America intervened and turned from a sponsor to Mediator and the signing of an agreement was just around the corner, but Ethiopia evaded at the last moments, indicating that Addis Ababa wanted to evade any binding signature between the three countries.
Al-Qusi explained to “Masrawy” that the success of the negotiations does not require official speeches. Rather, it needs political will to bridge the gap in viewpoints, as well as distancing themselves from statements that raise the concerns of downstream countries and showing Egypt and Sudan that their share is greater than Ethiopia, which is not appropriate at all levels.
The former advisor to the Minister of Irrigation indicated that Egypt and Sudan will not accept the continuation of negotiations without results, adding: “The second filling is the decisive stage for all parties.”
The Congo announced that the foreign ministers of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan will meet in Kinshasa, starting from next Saturday, to hold talks on the Renaissance Dam.