KHARTOUM, 23 February 2021 – A former member of Sudan’s negotiating team on the controversial filling of Ethiopia’s mega dam on the Nile alleges the dam is on Sudanse land.
The ex-negotiator, Dr. Ahmed Al-Mufti, said Sudan granted the land to Ethiopia in 1902.
Khartoum granted the land on condition that Addis Ababa would not establish any water infrasttucture without Sudan’s approval, Dr. Ahmed Al-Mufti, told the Saudi-owned Alarabiya satellite channel on Sunday night.
Sudan could ask for the land to be returned to Sudanese sovereignty, Al-Mufti said in his interview on the pgoram Al Akhar (The Other Dimension).
He said Ethiopia built the $4.6 billion Grand Ethiopian Reconnaisance Dam (GERD) without first seeking the approval of Sudan.
Al-Mufti called on the United Nations Security Council to intervene to stop Ethiopia from filling the second reservoir of the dam next July, as threatened by Addis Ababa.
If nothing is done, this dispute or conflict over the controversial filling of the GERD will degenerate into Africa’s First Water War, Al-Mufti warned.
The former negotiator also warned that more than 20 million Sudanese people are in danger as a result of the GERD.
Ethiopia lies upstream of Sudan and Egypt on the Nile and the two neighboring countries downstream have said they expect Addis Ababa to secure a deal with them before filling the reservoir.
Ethiopia has not commented on the allegations by Al-Mufti.