The water expert, Professor at Cairo University, Dr. Abbas Sharaki, expected that the Sudanese conflict would complicate the Renaissance Dam crisis between the downstream countries and Ethiopia, not reach safety, and falter in the resumption of negotiations, suggesting that Ethiopia would exploit the situation in Sudan by increasing the storage of water than was planned, which is a dangerous matter on my downstream state.
The water expert told “Okaz”: The matter will go further, which is Ethiopia’s occupation of some Sudanese lands, claiming that they are Ethiopian lands, which Sudan seized during the civil war between the Ethiopian federal government and the Tigray government, although the lands are purely Sudanese.
He added: Addis Ababa always takes advantage of the political conditions that the countries of Egypt and Sudan went through to its advantage, starting with exploiting the events of 2011 by building the dam on its lands, and at the beginning its storage area was 11 billion cubic meters, and it is currently heading to raise it to 74 billion cubic meters, taking advantage of a state of weakness. The Egyptian state at that time, just as it took advantage of the situation in Sudan during and after the dismissal of former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, and therefore it will now exploit the events between the army and the Rapid Support Forces.
He pointed out that in the negotiations, Ethiopia imposed itself and its conditions, and Cairo wanted foreign experts to resolve the dispute, and a neutral office to conduct studies on the dam’s body, but Addis Ababa refused international intervention, claiming that it is not right after all these years to start from scratch again in the negotiation. .
The Egyptian water expert expected that Ethiopia would start the fourth phase of filling the dam during the summer months and the rainy season between the months of July until September and perhaps even mid-October. meters of water, and if you raise 20, you will store 18 meters, and the general trend is to raise 20 meters, and it has now reached 50% of the fourth storage, benefiting from the events in Sudan.
He pointed out that the damages of Egypt and Sudan from the Ethiopian insistence on the fourth filling without coordination varied between water, political, legal and environmental, all of which are serious.