Sudan denies calling for Arab League intervention in Nile dam crisis – Politics – Egypt – Ahram Online

Following Ethiopia`s successful diversion of the Blue Nile Watercourse to make the civil and engineering work of constructing the mega GERD, it was reported that Sudan has decided to take the case to the Arab League. Despite the Arab League has no any thing to do with it, the news has surprised a number of people taking Sudan`s good relations with Ethiopia and its interest in the construction of the Dam. In addition to this Sudan is a country which is unnecessarily shackled by an outdated and unfairly signed 1959 Agreement with Egypt. Had it not been the case, Sudan would be with upstream countries and even finance portion of the GERD as it is the most highest beneficiary from the fruits of this marvelous project. Be that as it may, the following news is from the Egyptian Ahram Online about Sudan`s denial of the rumor circulated that it would take the case of the diversion of the Blue Nile to the Arab League.
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Sudan’s foreign ministry claims negotiations are ongoing with Ethiopia to solve current impasse over construction of dam
Ahram Online , Wednesday 29 May 2013

Sudan denied reports circulated Tuesday that the Sudanese ambassador to Egypt, Kamal Hassan Ali, had called for the Arab League to intervene on the issue of a new dam being constructed by Ethiopia on the Blue Nile.

Ethiopia on Tuesday began diverting the course of the Blue Nile, one of the Nile River’s two major tributaries, as part of its project to build a new dam for electricity production.

The move, called “historic” by Ethiopian government spokesperson Bereket Simon, has prompted criticism from downstream Egypt, since the step could negatively affect the country’s water quota.

A Wednesday statement by the Republic of Sudan’s foreign ministry denied that Ali had mentioned Sudan’s “shock” about Tuesday’s events, as previously reported.

Moreover, the statement further stated that negotiations were ongoing in an attempt to solve the crisis.

The Blue Nile provides Egypt with the lion’s share of its annual 55 billion cubic metres of river water.

According to the state-run National Planning Institute, Egypt will need an additional 21 billion cubic metres of water per year by 2050 – on top of its current quota of 55 billion metres – to meet the needs of a projected population of 150 million.

Available at: http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/72664/Egypt/Politics-/Sudan-denies-calling-for-Arab-League-intervention-.aspx

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