Irrigation and water sources minister says the unilateral transfer by Ethiopia in July would ‘threaten the lives of half the inhabitants in central Sudan’.
Sudan has mentioned neighbouring Ethiopia mustn’t unilaterally go forward with the additional filling an enormous dam on the Blue Nile River, saying such a transfer would threaten its nationwide safety.
The feedback on Saturday by Sudanese Irrigation and Water Sources Minister Yasser Abbas marked the newest expression of Sudanese concern about Addis Ababa’s obvious willpower to fill the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) with out first reaching an settlement with Khartoum and Cairo.
“The filling of the Renaissance Dam by one aspect subsequent July represents a direct menace to Sudan’s nationwide safety,” Abbas advised Reuters information company.
In a separate interview with AFP information company, Abbas mentioned the filling the dam would additionally “threaten the lives of half the inhabitants in central Sudan, in addition to irrigation water for agricultural tasks and energy technology from [Sudan’s] Roseires Dam”.
There was no rapid response by Ethiopian officers.
Ethiopia has been constructing the GERD on the Blue Nile, near its border with Sudan, and says the dam is essential to its financial improvement. Sudan hopes the hydropower dam will regulate annual flooding, however fears that its personal dams, together with the Roseires and Merowe, could be harmed if no settlement is reached.
Egypt, in the meantime, views GERD as an enormous menace to its freshwater provides, greater than 90 p.c of which come from the Nile.
Ethiopia started filling the reservoir behind its dam after the summer season rains final yr regardless of calls for from Egypt and Sudan that it ought to first attain a binding settlement on the dam’s operation.
The most recent three-way talks have been held final month within the presence of observers from the African Union (AU) and European Union, however didn’t make headway.
On Saturday, Abbas mentioned Sudan was additionally proposing a mediation position for the US, EU, United Nations and AU as a means of breaking the impasse in talks concerning the dam between Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia.
The Blue Nile flows north into Sudan, then Egypt and is the Nile’s major tributary.
The Nile, the world’s longest river, is a lifeline supplying each water and electrical energy to the ten international locations it traverses.
Its major tributaries, the White and Blue Nile, converge in Khartoum earlier than flowing north via Egypt to empty into the Mediterranean Sea.
The warnings from Abbas come amid elevated tensions between Addis Ababa and Khartoum in latest weeks following skirmishes on the Al-Fashaqa border area, the place Ethiopian farmers domesticate fertile land claimed by Sudan.
In December final yr, Sudan accused Ethiopian “forces and militias” of ambushing its troops alongside the border, leaving 4 lifeless and greater than 20 wounded. Either side have since moved tanks and heavy weapons alongside the frontier, accusing one another of pushing additional into the contested space.