Minister of Irrigation comments on GERD developments

The Sudanese Minister of Irrigation expressed hope that the UN Security Council statement would constitute an impetus for the resumption of GERD negotiations.

Khartoum: AlTaghyeer

The Sudanese Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources, Professor Yassr Abbas, expressed Sudan’s hope for the adoption of the UN Security Council statement that would prompt the three parties –Sudan, Egypt, and Ethiopia – to resume the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) negotiations as soon as possible.

The minister expressed on his Twitter account on Sunday, his hope that this will be done according to a strengthened methodology led by the African Union and a tangible political will from all.

Last week, the 15 members of the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a presidential statement on the GERD issue.

They called on Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan to resume negotiations on the Renaissance Dam to reach a solution that satisfies all parties.

The Security Council encouraged the resumption of negotiations at the invitation of the Chairperson of the African Union to urgently finalize the text of a binding and acceptable agreement on the filling and operation of the dam within a reasonable period of time.

The council also encouraged observers, who have been invited to attend the negotiations, and any other observers of the three countries jointly invited by mutual consent, to continue supporting the negotiations, to facilitate the resolution of the outstanding technical and legal issues.

The UN body called for moving forward with the leadership of the African Union in negotiating in a constructive and cooperative manner.

The Council stressed that the statement does not include any principles or precedents in any disputes related to transboundary waters.

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