A source in the Sudanese Foreign Ministry said that “Ethiopia has started the heightening of the middle passage of the Renaissance Dam, and the construction of concrete walls, in preparation for the third filling of the dam.”
The source confirmed that his country is waiting for the invitation of the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Felix Tshisekedi, who chairs the African Union. to resume negotiationAccording to what Al-Sharq channel quoted the Sudanese source as saying.
The source added that “Sudan handed over to the Congolese Minister of Foreign Affairs, his observations regarding the methodology of… Negotiating the Renaissance Dam crisis“.
The dam’s reservoir is filled during the rainy season, which lasts from June to September each year, and the annual storage level is related to the height of the middle passage of the dam.
Last July, Ethiopia announced that “the second phase of filling the dam has been successfully completed,” despite urging the downstream countries, Egypt and Sudan, to postpone this step until a comprehensive agreement is reached.
Ethiopia did not specifically announce the volume of water stored behind the dam, but the second phase required the retention of 13.5 billion cubic meters of water, in addition to the 4.9 billion cubic meters previously stored in the first filling, bringing the total target to 18.4 billion cubic meters.
But water experts said that Addis Ababa did not succeed in reaching its goal during the second filling, as only 9.6 billion cubic meters of water was stored, which is less than required by 4 billion cubic meters.
Negotiations between Egypt and Sudan on the one hand, and Ethiopia on the other, stopped due to deep differences related to the demands of the downstream countries, the failure to reach a binding legal agreement on the rules of filling and operation, agreement on the number of years of filling, the mechanism for resolving disputes and sharing information between the three countries, and how to manage the dam during dry seasons.
The Egyptian Minister of Irrigation, Mohamed Abdel-Aty, stated, on Monday, that Negotiations are “almost frozen”He pointed out, “There are contacts at different levels from some countries, but they do not live up to the level of ambitions.”
On Tuesday, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi confirmed that Egypt’s position is consistent regarding the need to reach a legal and binding agreement About filling and operating the Renaissance Dam, stressing that his country only wants to preserve its share of the Nile water.
“We do not want water to be a cause of conflict, but rather we want it to be a reason for benefit, cooperation, development and construction,” Sisi said during a joint press conference with his Hungarian counterpart Janos Ader in Budapest.