Sudan’s Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources announced on Saturday that it has taken several measures in anticipation of the potential impact caused by Ethiopia’s second filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) next July.
In a statement, the ministry said that it would start reserving 600 million cubic meters of water in the Jabal Al-Awliya Dam.
Moreover, the ministry called on all farmers, herders, drinking water stations, irrigation projects, water users, and citizens in general across the country to take the necessary precautions to bypass the repercussions of the filling and operation of the GERD during the period from April to September 2021.
Sudan’s Prime Minister (PM) Abdalla Hamdok confirmed that Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) carries real risks without a binding agreement.
Hamdok added that Ethiopia has included the GERD crisis within the complexities of its domestic policy.
On Wednesday, Sudan’s Minister of Irrigation, Yasser Abbas warned that the failure to reach a fair and binding agreement on GERD threatens regional security and peace.
“Sudan has begun preparing for the lack of water levels in front of the dams,” Abbas said in a press conference on the results of Kinasha- based Talks on GERD, adding: “We will make sure to store one billion cubic meters of water in the Roseires Dam.”
Moreover, He added that Ethiopia rejected all the Egyptian and Sudanese proposals in Kinshasa.
On Tuesday, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the latest round of African Union (AU) sponsored trilateral talks between Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia that were held in the Democratic Republic of Congo in an attempt to re-launch deadlocked negotiations over the disputed GERD failed to reach an agreement.