On Wednesday, an Egyptian parliamentary committee rejected any partial agreement on the Ethiopian “Renaissance” Dam after 9 years of negotiations.
This came in a statement to the Chairman of the African Affairs Committee in the House of Representatives (Parliament), Representative Tareq Radwan, according to the official Egyptian news agency, after Sudan rejected a proposal for a “bilateral” agreement with Ethiopia regarding filling the dam (under construction), in July.
Radwan said that “Sudan’s refusal to sign an agreement with Ethiopia on the Renaissance Dam is very logical and natural.”
He added, “A partial agreement cannot be accepted after 9 years of negotiations on the issue.”
He considered that “what Ethiopia is doing is a new type of procrastination, lack of seriousness and failure to take into account the water interests of Egypt and Sudan.”
He stressed that “an agreement cannot be signed without Egypt, as it is a key party.”
Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdock, in a message to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abi Ahmed on Tuesday, rejected a proposal to sign a partial agreement between the two sides for the first filling of the dam, calling for a return to negotiations.
There was no comment from Addis Ababa about Khartoum’s refusal.
At the end of February, Egypt signed, in initials, an agreement to fill and operate the dam, which was sponsored by the United States with the participation of the World Bank, where Egypt considered the agreement to be “fair”, while Ethiopia rejected it, and Sudan kept it.
Cairo and Addis Ababa are exchanging accusations and diplomatic moves to defend each country’s position on the dam.
A few days ago, Egypt submitted an explanatory note to the members of the UN Security Council on the developments of the negotiations, which have been stalled since mid-March.
Cairo fears the potential negative impact of the dam on its annual share of water from the Nile River, which amounts to 55.5 billion cubic meters, while Sudan gets 18.5 billion.
While Addis Ababa says it does not aim to harm Egypt’s interests, and that the aim of building the dam is to generate electricity mainly.