The Sudanese Minister of Information, the official spokesperson for the government, Faisal Mohamed Saleh, said that his country does not accept the imposition of a fait accompli in the case of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, stressing that Khartoum has the means with which it can respond.
The Sudanese official explained that African mediation in its old form is no longer useful, and that the approach must be changed and a greater role be given to experts, stressing that the Sudanese government does not want escalation and believes that negotiation is the safest way to resolve disputes over the dam.
Saleh stressed that his country’s position is different from the positions of Egypt and Ethiopia, and said that if any harm occurred, then Sudan is affected, so there should be an agreement that protects it, indicating that negotiations have been officially stopped now.
And the Sudanese Acting Foreign Minister, Omar Qamar al-Din, had confirmed earlier that Khartoum was working through diplomatic means and securing negotiations to resolve the outstanding issues with Ethiopia, expressing his hope that the stage for a second to fill the Renaissance Dam would not be completed except by agreement between all parties.
Qamar al-Din said – in a press statement Thursday – that the Sudanese government is interested in resolving its differences with the Ethiopian neighbor in a friendly and peaceful manner, and there is no talk of any war.
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On the other hand, the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Dina Mufti, confirmed his country’s refusal to link the Renaissance Dam file with the border crisis with Sudan, and said that the dam is beneficial to the Sudanese people, and that the second mobilization will be on time.
In addition to the dispute over the Renaissance Dam file, the borders of the two countries witnessed several remarkable developments that were sparked by an armed attack against a Sudanese army force in Mount Turia (east) in mid-December.
Khartoum says that “Ethiopian militias” seize the lands of Sudanese farmers in the Fashaqa area after they were expelled from it by force of arms, accusing the Ethiopian army of supporting those gangs, which Addis Ababa denies and says that these groups are outlaws.