New York, July 6 (SUNA) – Permanent Mission of Sudan to the United Nations in New York issued a press statement today announcing that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Mariam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi, met with her Egyptian counterpart Dr. Sameh Shoukry, who agreed to intensify joint efforts to urge the Security Council to support the legitimate demands of the two countries to reach a binding legal agreement on the filling and operation of the Renaissance Dam.
The meeting came ahead of the Security Council session on the issue of the Renaissance Dam scheduled for July 8, which comes at the request of Sudan and supported by Egypt in a subsequent letter.
The statement said the two ministers agreed to continue efforts to urge the member states of the Security Council to support the legitimate and just demands of Sudan and Egypt that the Council should play its role to strengthen the African track in order to reach a binding legal agreement on the filling and operation of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam in a manner that takes into consideration the interests of the three countries through an effective negotiating process led by the African Union, in the presence of the United Nations, the European Union, the United States of America and South Africa.
The statement pointed out that the two ministers affirmed their firm rejection of Ethiopia’s announcement that it had started the process of the second filling of the dam without an agreement, and considered it as new practical evidence of Ethiopia’s insistence on the unilateral act that threatens the safety of the Sudanese dams and human security in both Sudan and Egypt, and directly threatens the livelihood of millions of Sudanese.
It went on to say that the Ethiopian unilateral act violates international laws and rules governing the shared rivers and the Declaration of Principles Agreement signed in 2015.
This behavior also confirms Ethiopia’s insistence on causing harm to Sudan, which clearly presented the dangers it was exposed to in the unilateral filling last year and doubling of those risks if Ethiopia proceeded to fill in the second year without an agreement, which confirms the lack of political will for Ethiopia to reach an agreement.
The statement concluded that after this unfortunate announcement by the Ethiopian Minister of Irrigation, the importance of the Security Council assuming its preventive role in maintaining international peace and security has become a matter of paramount importance, by pushing to strengthen the negotiation process on the African track in order to reach a binding agreement that meets the interests of the three countries within a time limit not exceeding six months.
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