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Ambassador Ahmed Hafez, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, stated that the round of negotiations that were held in Kinshasa on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on April 4 and 5 did not achieve progress nor did they lead to an agreement on re-launching negotiations.
The spokesman said – in a press statement today, Tuesday – that Ethiopia rejected the proposal submitted by Sudan and supported by Egypt to form an international quartet led by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which presides over the African Union to mediate between the three countries, and Ethiopia also rejected during the meeting all the proposals and other alternatives put forward by Egypt and supported by Sudan for the sake of Developing the negotiation process to enable the states and parties participating in the negotiations as observers to actively engage in the discussions, participate in the conduct of the negotiations, and propose solutions to controversial technical and legal issues.
The spokesman explained that Ethiopia also rejected an Egyptian proposal that was presented during the closing session of the ministerial meeting and that Sudan supported it with the aim of resuming negotiations under the leadership of the Congolese president and with the participation of observers according to the existing negotiating mechanism, which proves beyond doubt the amount of flexibility and responsibility that Egypt and Sudan have assumed. Their earnest desire to reach an agreement on the Renaissance Dam, but Ethiopia rejected this proposal, which led to the failure of the meeting to reach a consensus on the relaunch of negotiations.
The spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that this position once again reveals the lack of political will in Ethiopia to negotiate in good faith and its endeavor to procrastinate and procrastinate by being satisfied with a formal and useless negotiation mechanism, which is an unfortunate approach that the Egyptian negotiator is well aware of and does not deceive.
Ambassador Ahmed Hafez affirmed that Egypt participated in the negotiations that took place in Kinshasa in order to launch negotiations under the leadership of the Democratic Republic of the Congo according to a specific timetable to reach a fair, balanced and legally binding agreement on the Renaissance Dam, but the Ethiopian side was obstinate and refused to return to negotiations, which is an obstructive position that will lead To complicate the Renaissance Dam crisis and increase congestion in the region.
The Spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs indicated that the Foreign Minister affirmed during the meetings held in Kinshasa that Egypt appreciated the effort made by Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi in this path and Egypt’s readiness to assist and support him in his endeavors to find a solution to the Renaissance Dam issue in a manner that takes into account the interests of the three countries and promotes Of stability in the region.
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