A Statement Regarding the Current Situation in the GERD Dossier

Omer Al Farouk Sayed Kamil 
A spokesperson for GERD Negotiations Team
Dated on21 February 2022

The Government of the Republic of Sudan has followed the latest developments in the dossier of the Renaissance Dam, and the government would like to clarify the following in this regard:

Sudan affirms its firm position in the dossier of GERD, which is the need to reach a legally binding agreement on the filling and operation of the dam. Sudan believes that its position is based on the reference of the international law and the Declaration of Principles signed in March 2015 by the three countries.

Sudan confirms that it has taken note of what was said in the statement of the Ethiopian Prime Minister issued on January 20, 2022, which was published on his s page on the Twitter platform, particularly the clarification of his Excellency that Ethiopia believes that the GERD is a good example of the principle of cooperation for the benefit of all the peoples of the riparian countries without causing harm to any of them. Sudan believes that it is necessary and important for Ethiopia to take real steps that correspond to this statement on the ground.

Sudan confirms its stance rejecting all unilateral measures in everything related to the filling and operating of the dam, and Sudan believes that the measures that have been taken, especially the first and second filling and the last measure related to starting the operation of electricity generation turbines, are incompatible with the spirit of cooperation and constitute a fundamental breach of legal obligations. Ethiopia, thus contradicts what was agreed upon between the three countries in the Declaration of Principles.

Sudan welcomes sisterly Senegal’s assumption of the chairmanship of the African Union and calls for strengthening the role of the AU in a way that enables the parties to reach an agreement within a specific time frame, including changing the existing negotiation methodology.

Sudan affirms that its participation in all rounds of negotiations stems from its conviction that an agreement can be achieved that takes into account the interests of the three parties, including its important initiatives that culminated in the signing of the Declaration of Principles Agreement in Khartoum in March 2015.

In conclusion, the government appeals to the various media to verify information from its official sources regarding Sudan’s stance in this file.

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