The higher Committee for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Wednesday held a meeting headed by Dr. Abdullah Haddock, Prime Minister, in the presence of the Ministers of the Cabinet, Foreign Affairs and Irrigation, the Director of the General Intelligence Service, the Director of Military Intelligence and members of the negotiation team.
The meeting discussed the current stalemate in the Renaissance Dam negotiations which is coupled with the shift of the African Union chairmanship from South Africa to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Sudan proposal to support the African track by turning it to a quartet track in which the African Union, the United Nations, the European Union and the United States of America would play a mediation role and to facilitate the negotiations.
The meeting discussed repeated Ethiopian statements on its unilateral intention to start the second filling of the dam in next July without reaching an agreement on the exchange of information, a matter which poses a direct threat to Russaires Dam and the irrigation systems, the electricity generation and drinking water stations along the Blue Nile and the main Nile course until Atbara city, creating a threat to the Sudanese national security.
The meeting also discussed the necessary precautions taken by the various Sudanese organs to reduce the expected negative effects on the irrigation and electricity generation networks as a result of unilateral filling for the second year.
The meeting supported the negotiation team’s proposal to proceed with communication with the four international parties to explain the idea of the quartet of international mediation on the Renaissance Dam