Sudan slams Egyptian media's provocation over Ethiopian dam
May 9, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – Sudanese foreign minister Ali Karti has
criticised Cairo’s approach to dealing with the issue of Ethiopia’s Grand
Renaissance Dam (EGRD), calling on the Egyptian media and other circles to stop
what he described as “clowning”.
Ali Ahmed Karti, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of
the Sudan, addresses a meeting of the Sudan/South Sudan Consultative Forum at
UN headquarters in New York September 27, 2013 (UN Photo)
In statements to pro-government Ashorooq TV, Karti
said that Sudan would have suffered the most if constructing the dam was done
without environmental studies to prove its safety or economic feasibility to
the three main Nile Basin countries .
Karti stressed that when his government felt that there was a
slackening in examining these issues, it formed a national committee to study
all aspects of the dam with the right to cooperate with any of the national
committees in Ethiopia or Egypt.
He described Egyptian-Sudanese relations as good, emphasising that
Sudan has refused to intervene in the ongoing political crisis in Egypt as it
is an internal affair in which it respected the will of the Egyptian people and
their choice towards change.
Meanwhile, Sudanese presidential assistant Ibrahim Ghandour lashed
out at some sections of the Egyptian media, saying some journalists have been
playing an increasingly negative role in the relationship between the two
Ghandour said that the Sudanese people will never forget the
abuses of some of those affiliated with the Egyptian media and their attempts
to incite Cairo against Khartoum, as well as some of the statements peddled by
some Egyptian politicians against Sudan.
He underscored that Sudanese people are intelligent and tolerant
but never forget contempt.
Sudan has approved of Ethiopia’s bid to build the dam thus
angering their Egyptian neighbour.
Egypt fears that the $4.6 billion hydropower plant will diminish
its share of the river’s water flows, arguing its historic water rights must be
Ethiopia is the source of about 85% of the Nile’s water, mainly
through rainfall in its highlands, with over 90% of Egyptians relying on water
from the Nile’s flows.
In June, a panel of international experts tasked with studying
the impacts of the Ethiopian dam on lower riparian countries, including Sudan
and Egypt, found that the dam project will not cause significant harm to either
Cairo remains unconvinced and has sought further studies and
consultation with Khartoum and Addis Ababa.