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Maryam Al-Sadiq: The African Union is ready to lead negotiations on the Renaissance Dam... and the issue is not water

Maryam Al-Sadiq, Sudan's Minister of Foreign Affairs, said in statements to Al-Arabiya TV, after the Security Council session on the Renaissance Dam, that the African Union is prepared to lead the Renaissance Dam negotiations, and we came to the Security Council to say that the matter is not a water issue.

She added, that the Renaissance Dam is a threat to our strategic direction of agricultural openness to the world, and its threat is more direct to Sudan, stressing that the second filling of the Renaissance Dam is not acceptable, and we were affected by the first filling last year. The Security Council to take up the issue confirms its seriousness.

And Maryam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sudan, called on the Security Council to support negotiations between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia on the issue of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, and called on Ethiopia not to take unilateral steps that would harm the Egyptian and Sudanese peoples.

This came during the security session held on Thursday evening, to discuss the danger of the Renaissance Dam, and the Sudanese Foreign Minister stressed that the Renaissance Dam is a very important issue that shows the extent of the United Nations partnership with the African Union.

"We support Ethiopia's rights to benefit from the Nile River, but on the condition of a binding legal agreement," she said, adding, "We express our appreciation for the role of the African Union in the negotiation process on the Renaissance Dam and stress the importance of finding a just and equitable solution acceptable to all parties."

And Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi continued: We supported the establishment of the Renaissance Dam from the beginning, provided that it be operated through a legal agreement, and there are norms and laws for filling and operating dams.

The Sudanese Foreign Minister stressed that "the Renaissance Dam affects half of the population of Sudan and the entire population of Egypt, saying: We stress the importance of the legal and binding agreement to protect human security and the Sudanese dams."

The Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs said: The binding agreement on the Renaissance Dam protects the strategic security of Sudan, pointing out that the Renaissance Dam will reduce the area of ​​flood lands in Sudan by 50%.

The Sudanese Foreign Minister added before the Security Council: The presence of the Renaissance Dam on the borders of our country without an agreement on its management poses a danger to the lives of our people.

She stressed, during her speech, that Ethiopia's filling of the Renaissance Dam offends the Sudanese and threatens their interests, and that the second filling forced some Sudanese to evacuate their homes because they live on the banks of damaged dams.

She revealed that Ethiopia insisted on the second filling despite its knowledge of the damage, and confirmed: Unless information is available on how to fill the Renaissance Dam, the safety of the Roseires will be in danger.

The Sudanese minister stressed that the second filling of the Renaissance Dam without an agreement threatens Sudan's shares of electricity.

She said: We have participated in good faith and effectively in all negotiations of the Renaissance Dam since its launch in 2011, and we have responded to the African initiative to solve the crisis of the Renaissance Dam.

She pointed out that her country's relationship with Ethiopia is special and is based on cooperation and strengthening brotherly bonds, saying: We believe in the slogan of African solutions to African problems.

She said that Ethiopia has rejected all proposals to solve the Renaissance Dam crisis and we call on the Security Council to assume its responsibilities towards the Renaissance Dam crisis.

"We submitted a proposal to strengthen the African Negotiating Mechanism and welcomed the mediation of the European Union, the United States and South Africa, but the Ethiopian position remained stubborn, which failed all negotiations," she said.

At the end of her speech, the Sudanese Foreign Minister said: The Security Council should call on Ethiopia not to take unilateral steps.