Malik Agar, a member of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council, said that the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is a political issue that must be met with an equivalent issue, calling on Sudanese people to come in agreement over higher priority national issues.
Agar’s statements came, during Wednesday address in Khartoum to a symposium held by the Horn of Africa Studies and Research Center entitled (Ethiopian Renaissance Dam… towards a unified Sudanese vision and an effective national path).
Agar called, according to the SUNA news agency, experts and scientists, to turn the risks of the Renaissance Dam into benefits.
The Sovereign Council member indicated that Ethiopia will not stop building the dam, and ruled out the two countries resorting to any military option, attributing this to the relations that bind them.
On the other hand, Agar pointed out that Ethiopia was able to win over the African opinion.
Legal expert Ahmed al-Mufti presented a paper at the symposium on the legal axis of the Renaissance Dam and international laws.
Al-Mufti criticized what he described as the Sudanese government’s negligence in proving the country’s rights over the construction of the dam.
He pointed out that the Renaissance Dam has no legal framework, and relies only on the document of the Declaration of Principles signed in 2015, which he said came in the interest of Ethiopia.
Al-Mufti called on the Sudanese government to withdraw the signature on these principles and raise the ceiling of demands.
Expert Mohamed el-Amin dealt with the technical and technical axis and the safety assessment of the dam, in which he discussed the traditional engineering factors of the dam.
He said that the risks of the dam affect Sudan, not Ethiopia, and called for bringing in experts to implement international laws and to address possible risks.
For his part, the expert, Asaad Shams el-Din, presented a general assessment of the technical aspects of the dam, in which he called for reducing the storage capacity.
He noted that the safety of the dam has not been studied, and the environmental, social, and economic impact of the dam has not been studied.
He explained that Sudan lost a large amount of silt, especially in the Gezira project, in the first and second fillings, and that there were also other effects.