AFP Ebrahim HAMID
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry said today, Sunday, that the recent Renaissance Dam negotiations failed due to disagreements over how to resume the talks and the procedural aspects related to managing the negotiation process.
According to the statement, during the meeting, Egypt confirmed its readiness to engage in serious and effective negotiations in order to reach as soon as possible a binding legal agreement on the rules for filling and operating the Renaissance Dam, in implementation of the decisions of the African Union Bureau meetings that were held at the summit level during the past months.
The statement indicated that Sudan adheres to the necessity to instruct the experts appointed by the African Union Commission to propose solutions to the controversial issues and to elaborate the Renaissance Dam agreement, a proposal that Egypt and Ethiopia have reservations about, “confirming the ownership of the three countries to the negotiation process and to preserve their right to formulate texts and provisions An agreement to fill and operate the Renaissance Dam, especially since the African Union experts are not specialists in the technical and engineering fields related to water resource management and dam operation.
Khartoum calls for a change in the negotiation methodology to give the African Union experts a greater role to bring the views of the three countries closer.