The Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources, Yasser Abbas has expressed on Thursday his concern, in a message to South Africa from Ethiopian official statements that Adis Ababa would go on with the second filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam in the summer of 2021.
In the statement published by the Sudanese news agency “SUNA”, Abbas expressed “his grave concern over the announcement of the Ethiopian minister of irrigation and electricity on his country’s intention to proceed with the implementation of the filling for the second year with 13.5 billion cubic meters of water next July without prior notification and without signing an agreement or an exchange of information with the Roseiers Dam.”
According to Abbas, this is considered “a direct threat to the Roseiers Dam and to the lives of the inhabitants on the banks of the Nile.”
The Sudanese minister has also confirmed that there has been lots of damage following the first filling (5 billion cubic meters of water) and caused problems in the water stations in Khartoum.
Both Egypt and Sudan objected the unilateral decision last July when Ethiopia declared that it completed the first filling of the dam without returning back to both countries or reaching a final legal binding agreement on the filling and operating of the dam.
Sudan has been vocal that GERD is a direct threat to the Roseiers Dam.
Nevertheless, Abbas affirmed in the messages Sudan’s commitment to continue negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam under the auspices of the African Union (AU) at any time in the event that the methodology negotiation is amended by giving a greater role to experts.
Sudan has pulled off the latest round of talks after being ‘surprised’ that the AU has called to resume tripartite negotiations ignoring its demands of holding bilateral meetings between the experts and each of the three countries separately to discuss and identify points of difference.
“Sudan cannot bear the endless negotiations that do not end with valuable results and solutions,” Abbas said in Thursday’s statement.
However, he asserted Sudan’s commitment to the initiative of the African Union and that his country awaits the scheduling of bilateral meetings between experts and observers and each country separately before the January 10th ministerial meeting.