Home | News    Saturday 20 June 2020

Sudan renews calls for negotiated agreement over GERD filling


The Grand Renaissance Dam is under construction on the Blue Nile River in Ethiopia. (Photo AFP/William Lloyd-George)
June 20, 2020 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Asma Abdallah, renewed on Saturday, Sudan’s "categorical rejection" of any unilateral move that would harm the country from a unilateral filling of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt have recently agreed on almost all the technical steps for the first filling of the GERD. However, the upstream country says this agreement should not have any binding character but is a set of guidelines and rules that it may amend in the future.

However, the Ethiopian government said resolved to launch the filling operation in July and to take advantage of water abundance during the wet season which would last until September.

Abdallah in a statement released on Saturday stressed the need for the parties to negotiate in good faith and abide by the relevant rules of international law. Also, she called to prioritize cooperation to achieve in the interests of the peoples of the three countries.

"The recent negotiating rounds of talks on the Renaissance Dam, have made significant progress on the technical issues. This (development) strengthens the conviction that it is important for the three countries to adhere to the option of negotiation, as the best way to reach a comprehensive and satisfactory agreement," stressed the Sudanese top diplomat.

She further pointed out that the parties still disagree on some fundamental legal issues, which necessitated referring the matter to the prime ministers of the three countries to reach a "political consensus" as soon as possible.

Unlike Egypt, Sudan wants technical coordination between its dams on the Blue Nile and the GERD to control the water release of water and protect it, knowing that the reservoir of the first Sudanese dam is at 15 km from the border and that the new dam is located at 15 km on the other part inside Ethiopia.

Egypt’s President Abdal-Fattah al-Sisi said his country has referred the disagreement with Ethiopia to the UN Security Council because of his country’s keenness to reach a diplomatic and political solution.


Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 21 June 17:27, by Fathi

    Ethiopia should start the filling in July, especially if water levels appear to meet the projected levels. Egypt should’ve invested desalination plants and learned how to efficiently use their water while promoting water conservation, like their best friends in Israel.

    • 21 June 17:34, by Fathi

      Egypt should’ve known their monopoly on nile water, due to agreements signed under colonial rule or coercion of dictators under duress, would eventually end.

      • 21 June 17:38, by Fathi

        Sudan & Ethiopia better make sure Egypt doesn’t drag them into a costly proxy war.

        • 21 June 17:41, by Fathi

          I’m happy with Sudan’s approach. It appears to be balanced. We should promote our position as more pro-sudan rather than not trying to step on neighbors toes though.

          We’re screwed if it turns into war. We’re in between both countries. Sudan better not become their battlefield.

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

Reform family Muslim & customary laws in Sudan 2020-12-02 11:50:23 by Zeinab Abbas Badawi In a country like Sudan, women’s human and legal rights are not only the concerns of women but also an imperative for development and poverty reduction. The hard fact is (...)

My Memories of the late Imam al-Sadig al-Mahdi 2020-11-27 05:43:38 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman This article comes against the backdrop of the saddening news in the headlines of the News Media reporting the departure of the Ansar Sect leader Imam Al-Sadig Al-Mahdi (...)

Why is South Sudan quiet while Ethiopia is at war? 2020-11-25 20:57:13 By Dak Buoth ‘‘Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better, the silence of the voice of justice when it (...)


Latest Press Releases

Sudan: Performing arts is not a crime, assaulting women and artists is! 2020-09-20 08:54:28 The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) Sudan is still struggling with militant Islamist ideology KHARTOUM: Central Khartoum Primary Court issued a verdict against five (...)

Civil Society Statement in Response to The Law of Various Amendments 2020-08-14 07:11:00 A Collaborative Civil Society Statement in Response to The Law of Various Amendments (Abolishing and Amending Provisions Restricting Freedom) – Exposing ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing’ Sudanese women (...)

Remarks by SRF leaders at the Friend of Sudan meeting on peace 2020-08-13 07:58:58 Chairman of the Friends of Sudan Conference, Your Excellency, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, The Prime Minister of Sudan and the participating team from the (...)


Copyright © 2003-2020 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.