Foreign Minister Renews Call for Supported Mediation on Renaissance Dam

Khartoum,   (SUNA) – Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Mariam Al-Saddiq Al-Mahdi, has expressed her appreciation of the role played by President of the Republic of the Congo, Felix Tshisekedi, for finding a solution to the dispute on the Renaissance Dam, explaining that Sudan is participating in good faith in the negotiation sessions with the aim to reach an agreement that preserves the interests of both the riparian and the upstream countries.

She said in a press statement on the visit of the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Congo, Christophe Lutundula, that Sudan renews its call for accepting the enhanced mediation process led by the African Union to help the parties reach an agreement that is satisfactory to the three parties in the negotiating process.

Dr. Mariam pointed out that said that Sudan is looking forward for the parties to resume the negotiating process under the leadership of the African Union as soon as possible, stressing at the same time there is need to change the ineffective methodology that characterized the past negotiation sessions, indicating that the parties are required to have a high level of political will within the framework of responsibility and seriousness to reach a binding legal agreement on the filling and operation of the Renaissance Dam.

She also stated that Ethiopia’s continuation to the process of filling the dam without an agreement represents intransigence on its part that is not suitable from a state which is required to respect the sovereignty of its neighbors and preserves their interests, stressing that the continuing to fill the dam without an agreement represents a direct threat to the interests of Sudan.

She said that links between Sudan and the Congo emanate from the reality of the good relations between the two countries and the two peoples, referring to the positive role of Sudan within the framework of the Great Lakes Organization, which includes the two countries.

On his part, Christophe Lutundula said that the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tshisekedi, is determined to continue his efforts to find a solution to the Renaissance Dam crisis within the African Union framework.

He indicated that his tour to the three countries comes within the framework of the consultations identify the positions for continuing the negotiations that were held last April in Kinshasa.

The Congolese minister handed Dr. Mariam a document prepared by a joint team of experts from the Congolese presidency and the African Union Commission, like Ethiopia and Egypt, which includes a summary of the points agreed upon between the three countries and the points that are still for the purpose of studying and responding to them with opinions and positions so that the experts study them and work to try to bring the positions closer to reach an agreement that satisfies all Parties.