I wrote – Rana Osama:
Ethiopia has expressed its willingness to resume tripartite negotiations on the Renaissance Dam file, if the African Union leadership calls for that, stressing the importance of Sudan’s participation.
On Thursday, the official spokesman for the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Dina Mufti, said that Addis Ababa is ready to resume the tripartite negotiations on the Renaissance Dam today, before tomorrow, whenever the African Union leadership calls for it.
Regarding the suspension of Sudan’s participation in the African Union, Mufti said during a press conference in Addis Ababa: “We believe that Sudan’s presence in the Renaissance Dam negotiations is important, but in the end we adhere to what the leadership of the Union decides regarding the resumption of negotiations and Sudan’s participation in them.”
On Wednesday, the African Union decided to suspend Sudan’s participation in its activities, including the stalled negotiations led by the continental organization on the Renaissance Dam, until the civilian leadership regained power.
He explained that the decision comes “in line with the protocol relating to the establishment of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union, and the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance.”
The African Peace and Security Council called for the immediate release of the detained ministers and civilians.
He affirmed the solidarity of the African Union with the people of Sudan in their legitimate aspirations to deepen and consolidate democracy, and to overcome the challenges facing their country.
And in the middle of last month, the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry spokesman announced that Addis Ababa expects to soon resume negotiations on the Renaissance Dam, under African auspices.
He pointed out that the start of the negotiations may be “after the completion of the Congolese Foreign Minister’s tour to Sudan and Egypt.”
The Congolese Foreign Minister, whose country currently chairs the African Union, visited Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt last September, to discuss resuming the negotiations of the Renaissance Dam, which have been stalled for a while.