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Sudan, Ethiopia wait Egypt to resume Renaissance Dam Negotiations

2017-11-27

 Minister of Water Resources, Irrigation and Electricity Mutaz Musa stated to the press that Sudan and Ethiopia are waiting a feedback from the Egyptian side to resume Renaissance Dam negotiations.

During an enlightenment meeting targeted Arab and African accredited ambassadors in Khartoum held at the ministry, Mutaz pointed out that disagreements against Renaissance introductory report are restricted to three points on which Sudan has raised comprehensive proposal to address. According to Mutaz, the right of the three countries to review particular parts of the report is the first point; especially where the report denies the articles of the advisory service agreed by the three countries as well as the advisor. The second point, Mutaz explained is the acceptance among the three countries of 1959 Agreement as a baseline in terms of indicating impact of Renaissance Dam construction on Sudan and Egypt and the third point is centered around importance of restricting usage of the data for research purposes, not for providing extra privilege to any one of the three countries or depriving any country benefiting from rights already guaranteed by signed water distribution agreements.

Mutaz stated that Ethiopia has already expressed initial acceptance to Sudan's proposals while Egypt challenged all proposals including accrediting Sudan's water portions indicated by 1959 Agreement.

Mutaz stressed Sudan's persistence to its full rights in accordance with 1959 Agreement, pointing out that Egypt's biggest irrigation delegation existing in Sudan because of this agreement.

The Minister affirmed Sudan keenness on continuation of cooperation with Ethiopia and Egypt, adding that the meetings convening the three countries always run smoothly, blaming Egyptian media for circulating inaccurate information. He further criticized Egypt official institutions for not inventing although the official institutions is well informed about inaccuracy of circulated information.

Mutaz finally expressed his hope that the Egyptian feedback won't delay more than this so that the advisor can finish required study timely.

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