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News: Sudan fails to attend planned ministerial virtual meeting on GERD; says it wants AU experts meeting instead

Jan 05, 2021
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Addis Abeba, January 05/2021 – Sudan fails to attend planned virtual meeting of Ministers of Water Affairs of Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan scheduled for January 04, Ethiopia’s Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy said.

Sudan on its part says it received no response to its request to “hold a bilateral meeting with the African Union experts and observers” in the evening of the same day the January 03 meeting ended, prompting it to “reserve participation in Monday’s meeting.”

Full statement from Ethiopia’s Ministry of water Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy

The virtual
meeting of Ministers Water Affairs of Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan scheduled for
today could not be held due to the non-attendance of the delegation of the
Sudan. The Delegation of Egypt, AU assigned experts, and observers attended the
meeting following the invitation extended by Ethiopia – the chair of the
meeting.

It is to be
recalled that Ethiopia, while communicating its reservations to the chairperson
of the AU Executive Council, had agreed to adopt the document drafted by the AU
assigned experts as an input to the trilateral negotiation.

Nevertheless, the
meeting planned to take stock of agreed and outstanding issues could not be
held due to the absence of the Sudanese delegation. Ethiopia notified this
development to the chairperson of the AU Executive Council.

Full statement from Sudan Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources

Based on the outcomes of the tripartite ministerial meeting between Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia on filling and operating the Renaissance Dam, which was held on, Sunday, January 3, Sudan submitted a request to hold a bilateral meeting with the African Union experts and observers in the evening of the same day.

Sudan did not receive a response to its
request, and instead Sudan received an invitation to continue the direct
tripartite negotiation, which prompted Sudan to reserve participation in
Monday’s meeting, confirming its firm position on the need to give a role to
the African Union experts to facilitate the negotiation and bring the apartment
closer between the three parties.

The Ministry of Irrigation and Water
Resources affirms its adherence to the negotiation process under the auspices
of the African Union in compliance with the principle of African solutions to
African problems, provided that experts play a more effective role in
facilitating negotiations.

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