Sudan accused Ethiopia of obstructing the Renaissance Dam negotiations to divert attention from its internal problems, at the same time calling on Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to realize the importance of peace and stability in the region.
Sudanese Foreign Minister Maryam Al-Sadiq said that Sudan has remained supportive of construction throughout the negotiations of the Renaissance Dam, provided that there is agreement between all parties, but Ethiopia is pursuing an approach that impedes the Renaissance Dam negotiations.
She added, in press statements on Friday evening, that Ethiopia is trying to divert attention from its internal problems by obstructing the Renaissance Dam negotiations, as it rejected constructive proposals and sent incorrect messages in the recent Kinshasa negotiations.
She added that Ethiopia has not yet responded to the Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok’s call for direct negotiations over the Renaissance Dam file, and we asked the Security Council to monitor the Renaissance Dam crisis, and Ethiopia’s insistence threatens the security of 20 million Sudanese citizens.
The Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs stressed that his country is proceeding with the political track, calling on the parties to the Renaissance Dam crisis to avoid destabilizing the security and stability of the region, and appealing to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to realize the importance of peace and stability in the region.
The Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs indicated that there is no loser or winner in the file of international rivers, and we hope that Ethiopia will not exploit its internal crises in the file of the Renaissance Dam, as we proceed from a legal reference in the file of the dam.
She stressed that it would not allow any party to distract Sudan from peace, noting that we will not accept the violation of Sudanese territory and the Sudanese army is carrying out its duty.
Earlier, the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it had dispelled Sudan’s concerns about the second filling process and the safety of the Renaissance Dam.
The Ethiopian Foreign Ministry said in a statement, “Egypt has failed to recognize Ethiopia’s flexibility and understandings to negotiate in good faith, and the issue of exchanging data and information on the safety of the Renaissance Dam is something that Ethiopia cares about and gives attention to for its safety in the first place.”
She pointed out that “Sudanese officials have been praising the importance of the Renaissance Dam for years because of its benefit in preventing floods and regulating the flow of water for irrigation, as well as siltation of Sudanese dams and the provision of cheap energy.”
Ethiopia called on the riparian countries on the Nile to negotiate a dam to generate hydroelectric power on the river originating from their lands.
The second filling of the dam without reaching a binding agreement is the most sensitive point of disagreement between Ethiopia on the one hand, and Egypt and Sudan on the other hand.