Sudan says national interest sole reference for Ethiopia’s Nile dam talks
Chairman of Sudan’s Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan on Thursday said Sudan’s national interest will be the sole reference for the negotiation on the disputed Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Al-Burhan made the remarks when he met with Sudan’s Irrigation and Water Resources Minister Yasir Abbas, also head of the Sudanese delegation to the Ethiopia’s Nile dam talks, said the sovereign council in a statement.
Al-Burhan has voiced his support to the decision by the negotiating delegation not to attend the tripartite negotiations on the GERD scheduled on Nov. 21, it added.
Sudan demands a bigger role for the experts of the African Union (AU) to narrow the difference of the viewpoints of the three countries concerned.
The Sudanese negotiators believe that the Nile dam talks should go beyond the level of irrigation ministers and be referred to the AU and the leaders of the three countries to provide political will to bring their positions closer.
The Sudanese delegation also calls for giving the AU and US observers a status of mediators, a move in which Egypt and Ethiopia seem not to be interested.