finance & economy

Minister of Irrigation: All Options are Open, Including Resort to Security Council

April 8, 2021

Khartoum, Aril 7 (SUNA) – The Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources, Prof. Yasser Abbas, stressed that all options remain open to Sudan on the issue of the Renaissance Dam, including the resort to the Security Council.

In a press conference at Sudan News Agency (SUNA) Wednesday following his participation at negotiations in Kinshasa on the issue of Renaissance Dam, Prof. Abbas warned that the filling of Renaissance Dam without agreement will directly threatens Sudan and endanger the lives of 20 million citizens living below the dam, adding that this statement is not a matter of propaganda and media exaggeration, but rather a description of the facts.

He affirmed Sudan's firm position, which calls for amendment of the negotiation methodology, which should lead to a legal and binding agreement for all parties and without procrastination in order to gain time, as Ethiopia is doing.

He explained that Sudan has called for the participation of South Africa, the European Union, and the United Nations, along with the African Union within the framework of a quartet mediation group, that is headed by the African Union, in order to expand the basis of participation of friendly countries to demonstrate seriousness of the situation that Sudan is facing due to the filling of the Renaissance Dam without prior agreement.

He denied that Ethiopia had exposed to Sudan a bilateral agreement in any form.

On the measures to alleviate the impacts of a sudden filling of the dam, the minister stated that one billion cubic meters will be reserved behind the Russaires Dam to compensate any shortage in the water supplies in the Blue Nile to meet the basic needs of the agricultural sector and the drinking water.

He added that the precautionary measures also include the emptying of Jebel Awlia Dam and preserving one third of the storage capacity of the dam to avoid any water cuts in the main Nile sector up to Atbara River.


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