Today, Tuesday, Sudan asked the UN Security Council to hold a session to discuss developments in the dispute over the Renaissance Dam, considering that Ethiopia’s insistence on filling it threatens regional and international peace, and endangers the lives of millions of Sudanese.
A government statement stated that the Sudanese Foreign Minister, Maryam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi, sent a letter to the President of the Security Council, urging him to call on Ethiopia to “stop unilateral filling of the Renaissance Dam, which aggravates the conflict and poses a threat to regional and international security and peace.” Read also Renaissance Dam.. Crisis developments and solution scenarios What can Arab support provide to Egypt and Sudan regarding the Renaissance Dam? In Doha, will the Renaissance Dam crisis be resolved?
The Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs also expressed Sudan’s deep concern and regret that Ethiopia has moved forward in filling the Renaissance Dam for the second time, considering that it puts the lives and livelihoods of millions of Sudanese at grave risk.
The letter detailed the efforts made by Sudan to reach a binding legal agreement through the negotiation process sponsored by the African Union during a whole year, and how these efforts reached a dead end; Because of Ethiopia’s intransigence and its lack of the necessary political will to reach an agreement that addresses the interests and concerns of all parties, as she put it.
And last Friday, Maryam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi confirmed during a seminar in Doha that Sudan and Egypt agreed on the need to reach a binding agreement on the Renaissance Dam, and indicated the divergent positions of the three countries regarding the dam, stressing her country’s rejection of the military option to solve the dam crisis.
For its part, Egypt renewed its accusations against Ethiopia of intransigence in the negotiations, and the Egyptian Minister of Irrigation, Mohamed Abdel Atti, affirmed his country’s keenness to complete the negotiations.