Khartoum, Sudan – The African country Sudan has announced it is exiting talks on the Hidase Dam (Great Renaissance Dam) as Ethiopia continues its construction on the Nile River, causing a political crisis among the countries of the region.
In a written statement, the Sudanese Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources said that the Ethiopian side has communicated its position on continuing the negotiation process under the auspices of the African Union, which will bring the views of Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt closer together to facilitate negotiations, legally bind the parties and reach a satisfactory agreement.
The statement said that the negotiating methods in past meetings were useless and Sudan’s proposal to resume negotiations with a new approach that would give African Union experts a greater role could not be answered, and the decision was taken not to participate in the talks at the level of Irrigation Ministers.
The Irrigation Ministers of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan, who could not agree on the filling and operation of Hidase, which Ethiopia is building on the Nile River and will be the largest hydroelectric power plant in Africa when completed, held another meeting two days ago by video conference.
“The Khartoum government stressed at the meeting that negotiations on the Hidase Dam should not be continued by previous methods,” Sudanese Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Yasir Abbas told the press after the last meeting on Friday. Sudan has called for negotiations to resume with the consent of all parties and under the supervision of the African Union to reach a binding agreement, and with a new approach that gives the Union’s experts a greater role. “he used his statements.
Abbas, who stated that Khartoum is committed to the negotiation process, noted that based on previous experience, they predict that these meetings will not be effective and result in the current conditions, so different approaches should be tried.
Abbas added that Egypt and Ethiopia were insistent on continuing talks with methods that had not previously been concluded.