Sun, 17 Oct 2021

KHARTOUM, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Sudan on Thursday welcomed the UN Security Council (UNSC) presidential statement calling for resumption of the tripartite talks on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

On Wednesday, the UNSC adopted a presidential statement encouraging Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia to resume talks at the invitation of the chairperson of the African Union (AU) to reach a binding deal on filling and operating of the GERD.

"Sudan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomes the UN Security Council presidential statement, which reflects the council's concern with this extremely important matter and its keenness on finding a solution for it in avoidance of its consequences on security and peace in the region," said Sudan's Foreign Ministry in a statement.

The ministry expressed Sudan's readiness to constructively embark on any process that leads to resuming the AU-led negotiation to enable the parties to reach a binding agreement on filling and operating of the dam.

The UNSC presidential statement comes as a fruit of the intensive efforts made by the negotiating team and reflects the flexibility shown by Sudan's delegation in the positive way of dealing with all the parties concerned with the talks, it noted.

The ministry further expressed Sudan's hope that the adoption of the UNSC statement would push the three parties to resume the talks as soon as possible and in accordance with a new methodology and tangible political will.

Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia have been in talks for years, sponsored by the African Union, over the technical and legal issues related to the filling and operation of the GERD.

Sudan proposed a mediation quartet of the United Nations, the European Union, the United States and the African Union on solving the GERD dispute. Ethiopia, however, has rejected this proposal.

Ethiopia, which started building the GERD in 2011, expects to produce more than 6,000 megawatts of electricity from the dam project, while Egypt and Sudan, downstream Nile Basin countries that rely on the Nile river for its freshwater needs, are concerned that the GERD will affect their shares of the water resources.

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