New Ethiopian comment on the Renaissance Dam negotiations


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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