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Sudan military council rejects Ethiopia’s proposal for peace, accepts African Union’s

24 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Sudan’s military has rejected a proposal made by Ethiopian mediators and already accepted by the opposition coalition for the creation of a civilian transition body, and instead expressed gratitude to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), both of whom are accused of backing the junta’s crackdown against civilians.

The ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) rejected Ethiopia’s proposal on Sunday, saying Ethiopia and the African Union (AU) should be unified in their efforts to mediate between the council and an opposition coalition on the structure of the country’s transitional government.

Back in April, Sudan’s military announced that it had unseated president Omar al-Bashir and later imprisoned him. It then set up the TMC to rule the country and promised to hand over after elections.



 

But protests, under whose pressure Bashir was forced out, have continued in Sudan, with people demanding that more civilians be on the council than military figures during the transition period.

Peaceful protests turned violent earlier this month, when the military started cracking down on demonstrators and using force to disperse sit-ins in the capital Khartoum.

PressTV-Sudan military attacks protesters as civil disobedience begins
PressTV-Sudan military attacks protesters as civil disobedience begins
Sudan’s military forces fire tear gas at protesters after they begin a civil disobedience campaign, called in the wake of a deadly crackdown on demonstrators.
The ruling generals and the coalition have also been holding talks for several weeks, but have so far failed to find a way out of the crisis.
In the meantime, Ethiopian mediators suggested that a ruling sovereign council would be made up of seven civilians and seven members of the military, with one additional seat reserved for an impartial individual, Reuters reported.
The council’s spokesman, Lieutenant General Shams El Din Kabbashi, said on Sunday the council had rejected Ethiopia’s proposal, but had agreed in principle to the African Union’s plan, details of which were not immediately known.

“The African Union’s initiative came first,” said Kabbashi, adding that the council had not studied the Ethiopian initiative, which he described as unilateral.

“We asked the mediators to unite their efforts and submit a joint paper as soon as possible to return the parties to negotiations,” Kabbashi added.

“The president (of the military council) clarified that he gave the mediators until tomorrow to present the joint vision,” said Yasser al-Atta, a member of the military council.

Atta also went on to dismiss reports that Saudi Arabia and UAE interfere in Sudan’s internal affairs.

“We do not accept dictations from any country,” Atta said. “Saudi Arabia and the UAE have not and will not dictate political or economic conditions.”

Both Riyadh and Abu Dhabi have announced their support for the transitional military council. They have also expressed support for measures taken by the council following Bashir’s ouster.

PressTV-‘Bloody crackdown in Sudan launched at Saudi bidding’

PressTV-‘Bloody crackdown in Sudan launched at Saudi bidding’

The Rapid Support Forces (RSF) launches the recent brutal crackdown on Sudanese protesters at the behest of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Egypt, an expert says.

In a separate statement on Saturday, the deputy head of the military council, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, thanked both Saudi Arabia and the UAE, saying they have provided the country with assistance without interfering in its affairs.

Dagalo, currently the second most powerful man in Sudan, has had close ties with both Riyadh and Abu Dhabi, since his country joined a Saudi-led war against Yemen more than four years ago.

He has been overseeing Sudan’s more than 10,000 ground troops in Yemen.

Back in May, the general met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a visit to the kingdom. Reports said Riyadh pledged to continue supporting the military if Khartoum agrees to keep its forces in Yemen.

Dagalo said on Friday that Khartoum deployed some 30,000 troops to join the coalition in Yemen.

The US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, estimates that the Saudi-led war has claimed the lives of over 60,000 Yemenis since January 2016.

June 24, 2019

 

Egypt angling to exert pressure on Ethiopia regarding Nile water share. Is Cairo capitalising on country’s internal difficulties?

7 Nov

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

by Asharq Al-Awsat

Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi hoped on Tuesday that Nile dam project with Ethiopia will not exploited for political purposes.

He told reporters that he has seen “positive signs” from Ethiopia’s government in this regard.

 


In June, Abiy and El-Sisi signaled that they had made a breakthrough during talks in Cairo after an extended deadlock on the issue. The Egyptian president said at the time that the two countries have come a long way in building confidence and strengthening bilateral cooperation.

Abiy said at the time that his country was committed to securing Egypt’s share of Nile water.

Ahram Online

August 26, 2018


He added that Cairo wants “formal agreements” that Ethiopia will not reduce Egypt’s share of the Nile during the filling of what will be Africa’s largest hydroelectric dam.

“We need to turn Ethiopia’s goodwill into formal agreements,” he stressed.

 


Sisi:

“The waters of Egypt is not a subject for talk, and I assure you, no one can touch Egypt’s water,”

Egypt Independent , Nov. 18, 2017


Egypt fears the $4.8 billion dam could reduce its share of the Nile River, which provides virtually all its freshwater. Ethiopia says it needs the dam for its economic development.

The two have been at odds over how quickly the reservoir behind the dam will be filled and the impact it would have on Egypt’s share of the Nile.

 

 Related:

Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam is a big challenge to Egypt’s aggressive stance over the Nile

 

Ambassador Robert Ford speaks on diplomacy and current US policy

20 Mar

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
 

At his last diplomatic assignment, Ambassador Ford was US envoy to Syria. He disagreed with his government’s policies and resigned from his post. He’s now in the academic world.

In my July 14, 2016 article fighting Tedros Adhanom’s campaign to become Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), I unsuccessfully used some facts from Ambassador Robert Ford to oppose his candidacy. Therein a reader would find the following:
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Ethiopian attempt to begin filling Renaissance Dam may scupper deal with Egypt and Sudan, say experts

13 Nov

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Arab News

“Egypt, on the other hand, demanded filling the reservoir over a period of nine years.”

CAIRO: There are fears that a unilateral attempt by Ethiopia to begin filling a huge new dam on the Nile will lead to the failure of technical discussions with Egypt and Sudan.

Disagreements between Ethiopia and Egypt on filling the reservoir and generating power within a few months on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), which will be the largest in Africa, could not be resolved during the Tripartite National Technical Committee’s meeting, which brought together the Egyptian, Sudanese and Ethiopian ministers of water and was held in Addis Ababa on Oct. 19.
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Nile River regional ministers fail to reach agreement on Ethiopian dam studies report

13 Nov

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by AhramOnline
 
Egypt’s Minister of Irrigation Mohamed Abdel-Ati said on Sunday that participants in the tripartite ministerial meeting held in Cairo to discuss a preliminary studies report on the regional impact of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam have failed to reach a consenus, state-run MENA news agency reported.
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How State Restrictions Are Reshaping Civic Space Around the World: The Case of Ethiopia Under Rogue TPLF Included

26 May

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Saskia Brechernmacher, The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace May 22, 2017
 

“In addition to heightened administrative and legal harassment, activists fear prosecution under sweeping anti-terrorism measures. Ethiopian authorities have used the 2009 Anti-Terror Proclamation to selectively target journalists, lawyers, and civil society leaders…In Ethiopia, the 2009 Charities and Societies Proclamation effectively bars a wide range of advocacy and rights organizations from receiving external support—while preserving access to such funding for development and service delivery organizations…In Ethiopia, hundreds of organization decided to abandon rights-based programming and shift their focus toward politically neutral capacity-building and local service delivery in order to preserve their access to foreign support. A 2011 survey found that 70% of development NGOs and 44% of human rights organizations changed their mandates and activities in response to the government’s NGO regulations.

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Civil Society Under Assault: Repression and Responses in Russia, Egypt and Ethiopia

21 May

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Saskia Brechenmacher, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, May 18, 2017
 
The closing of civic space has become a defining feature of political life in an ever-increasing number of countries. Civil society organizations worldwide are facing systematic efforts to reduce their legitimacy and effectiveness. Russia, Egypt, and Ethiopia have been at the forefront of this global trend. In all three countries, governments’ sweeping assault on associational life has forced civic groups to reorient their activities, seek out new funding sources, and move toward more resilient organizational models. Competing security and geopolitical interests have muddled U.S. and European responses, with governments divided over the value of aggressive pushback versus continued engagement.
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President Donald Trump calls Egypt’s president Sisi

23 Jan

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
 

US President Trump discusses fight against terrorism with Egypt’s Sisi

    US President Donald Trump discussed on Monday in a phone conversation with Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi the war against terrorism and extremism, and applauded El-Sisi efforts on those fronts, Egyptian presidential spokesman said.
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