Sudanese Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources, Yasser Abbas, called, on Sunday, to “expand the mediation umbrella in the Renaissance Dam to include the United Nations.”
The minister said, “The second filling of the Renaissance Dam unilaterally threatens life over the entire Blue Nile.
He emphasized that “the Renaissance Dam could be a focal point for regional cooperation and the exchange of benefits instead of competition and conflict.”
On Sunday morning, Abbas met in his office with the envoy of the European Union Special Commissioner and the Finnish Foreign Minister, Pekka Olavi Haavisto, to discuss the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam file and the latest developments in negotiations between the countries of Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt,
During the meeting, the Minister of Irrigation affirmed Sudan’s support for the establishment of the Renaissance Dam as it is an Ethiopian right to development, provided that this does not negatively affect Sudan, by ensuring the signing of a binding legal agreement.
The minister explained to the European official the dangers of Ethiopia announcing the start of the second filling of the dam unilaterally next July, even without an agreement or exchange of information, indicating that the Ethiopian decision directly affects the Rosaries Dam and all life on the Blue Nile behind the dam, including hydroelectric generation From the Roseires Reservoir and Meroe Dam, and drinking water stations on the Blue Nile and the Main Nile to the city of Atbara, in addition to the negative impact on irrigation projects on the Blue Nile and the Main Nile, and above all threatening the life and safety of about half of the population of Sudan on the banks of the Blue Nile if something unfortunate happened to the Roseires Dam. .
Abbas presented to the European envoy Sudan’s proposal that the umbrella of mediation in the Renaissance Dam negotiations should be expanded to include the United Nations. He emphasized that the Renaissance Dam could be a focal point for regional cooperation and exchange of benefits instead of competition and conflict.
For his part, Haavisto confirmed that he will visit Addis Ababa to meet the Ethiopian leadership for the same purpose.