New Ethiopian comment on the Renaissance Dam negotiations

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Today, Wednesday, Ethiopian Foreign Minister Demiki Mekonnen stressed the necessity of holding the Renaissance Dam negotiations under the auspices of the African Union as a neutral and fair party, in a new Ethiopian intransigence against Sudan’s proposal for the international quartet mediation.

The Ethiopian Foreign Minister wrote on Twitter: “I made a phone call to the US National Security Adviser, Jake Sullivan, and we talked about the Renaissance Dam negotiations.”

He added, “During the call, I stressed the necessity of conducting negotiations under the auspices of the African Union, as it is beneficial, because it is a neutral and fair party,” which is considered a new intransigence in refusing any international mediation in the negotiations.

On the other hand, the Sudanese Minister of Irrigation, Yasser Abbas, warned today, Wednesday, that the failure to reach a fair agreement on the Renaissance Dam threatens regional security and peace.

“Sudan has begun preparing for the lack of water levels in front of the dams,” Abbas said in a press conference about the results of the Renaissance Dam negotiations, adding: “We will make sure to store one billion cubic meters of water in the Rosaries Dam.”

Abbas said that on the last day of the Kinshasa negotiations, Egypt had suggested that a binding agreement should be reached within 8 weeks, but Ethiopia rejected the proposal.







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