Kicking the can?
Sudan could sign up to a stop-gap GERD agreement with Ethiopia provided it meets several conditions, Sudanese Irrigation Minister Yasser Abbas said at a presser yesterday, reported Reuters.
Conditions include: Committing to everything that has been agreed between the three countries thus far, agreeing to continue talks on the dam’s operation even following the planned second filling in the coming weeks, and signing off on a definitive timeline for all things GERD related, Abbas said.
The country may also take a less diplomatic approach, according to Arab League Assistant Secretary-General Hossam Zaki, who said on Ala Mas’ouleety last night that it could formally appeal to the UN Security Council to take action on the dispute (watch, runtime: 15:16). The council has the authority to prevent Ethiopia from filling the reservoir this summer and could take action given the risks posed to downstream countries by the dam, Zaki said. This comes after Egypt last week made its second appeal to the UN Security Council to step in and help prevent Ethiopia from continuing to fill the dam.