The second round of dams will not affect Egypt’s share of water Former Sudanese Minister of Water Osman Atum
Former Sudanese Minister of Water Osman Atum has been working on the dam issue for 49 years.
According to Dr. Osman, the damage listed to be caused by the Renaissance Dam to Sudan and Egypt is largely wrong
During a meeting with Sky News Arabia, Minister Osman Atum said the water filling project, which is being built by Ethiopia on the Nile River, will not be affect Sudan and Egypt in the second nor third round.
The former minister, who has been working on the dam for 49 years, said the second and third rounds of water filling “will not cause any problems”. Dr. Osman said that this is a mathematical fact and that the engineers can explain the matter in a more formal way.
According to Dr. Osman, the benefits of the dam to the lower basins cannot be compared to the damage it could cause. According to the Sudanese scholar, individuals from Sudan and Egypt could have provided information on the dam to provide accurate information about the dam. He said the problems caused by the dam are often wrong and the benefits are huge.
Dr. Osman recalled that over the past five years, there has been more than average water flow and flooding. He said 24 billion cubic meters of water was stored in the Aswan Dam last year alone.
A former member of the Sudanese cabinet said Ethiopia plans to hold 13.5 cubic meters of water in the second round and 10.5 cubic meters of water in the third round. He said the volume of Lake Victoria has been rising in the past and the size of the White Nile has been increasing.
Egypt has repeatedly stated that it will not reduce its share of the water supply without a binding agreement.
Dr. Osman said the Renaissance Dam will be “very useful” during the drought in Sudan and Egypt, adding that the dam will be able to generate 48 billion cubic meters of medium-flow water to the lower riparian countries.
Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan have differences over the filling and management of the Renaissance Dam. Ethiopia’s Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Sileshi Bekele, said in response to Egypt’s request to set up an office on the site of the dam and to monitor its day-to-day operations.
The foreign ministers of the three countries held talks in Kinshasa to resume talks on the dam, but failed to agree on who will negotiate next. In addition to the African Union, Sudan and Egypt want the United States, the European Union, and the United Nations to mediate. Ethiopia, for its part, does not want outside Africa to play a role beyond observation.
Source: AL AIN