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Renaissance Dam| Sudan: The information Ethiopia gave us is useless

03:25 PM

Thursday 08 July 2021


On Thursday, the Sudanese Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources, Yasser Abbas, considered that the information provided by Ethiopia about the second filling of the Renaissance Dam reservoir is of little value to Sudan, after the second filling became a fait accompli, according to a letter he sent to his Ethiopian counterpart Bekele Seleshi.

The message comes ahead of a critical meeting of the UN Security Council on filling the dam, attended by Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Sudanese counterpart, Maryam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi.

Abbas said in his message, which was published by the official agency (SUNA): “Ethiopia decided to actually fill the dam for the second year in the first week of last May, when it decided to continue the construction of the middle corridor of the dam.”

“Therefore, it is clear that when the water flow exceeds the capacity of the two lower gates, the water will be stored until the dam is filled and the water eventually crosses over it.

He explained that Sudan has taken many measures to reduce the expected negative economic and social effects of the second unilateral filling of the Renaissance Dam, which will mitigate only a few negative repercussions on the safe operation of Sudan’s dams.

Khartoum says that it needs a lot of detailed information about the Renaissance Dam, because filling the reservoir affects the shape of the water flow on its territory, which may lead to great dangers that may affect the Sudanese Roseires Dam, which is not far from the Renaissance Dam.

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Tunisia submitted to its 14 partners in the UN Security Council a draft resolution calling on Addis Ababa to stop filling the Renaissance Dam reservoir, according to what diplomatic sources said two days ago.

Egypt and Sudan say they approached the UN Security Council; To consider the issue of the Renaissance Dam, as a result of the continuous intransigence and attempts to impose a fait accompli on the part of Ethiopia.