Sudan has asked the UN security Council to support talks on the dam in Ethiopia
Sudan's foreign Minister asked the UN Security Council with a request to support the efforts of Khartoum on the resumption of negotiations between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt on the construction of the Ethiopian dam "Revival", said Tuesday the Sudanese news Agency SUNA.
The Minister of foreign Affairs of the Sudan, ASMA Abdullah sent a letter to the head of the UN security Council to ensure support for the negotiating process, said the Agency. "The letter contains a request to the UN security Council to encourage all parties to refrain from unilateral steps that might affect peace and security in the region and at the international level and to support the efforts of the Sudan to resume negotiations", - stated in the message. The foreign Ministry expressed hope that these talks will ultimately lead "to a comprehensive agreement acceptable to all parties".
The message stressed that Sudan adheres closely to the norms of international law and agreements within the UN framework regulating the use of international water resources with a view to their rational exploitation without causing harm to other countries and on the basis of the peaceful settlement of any arising conflicts.
Egypt February 29, initialed in Washington the agreement on the dam, despite the absence of a delegation from Ethiopia. The foreign Ministry reported that Egypt looks forward to when Sudan and Ethiopia will sign an agreement. The representatives of Ethiopia did not participate in the meeting in Washington at the dam on 27-28 February under the pretext that the negotiating group has not yet completed internal consultation with stakeholders.
In may, Khartoum and Addis Ababa have agreed to resume the tripartite talks. The agreement was reached during a video conference between the heads of the governments of Ethiopia and Sudan. Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok at the meeting said that his country is ready to maintain communication between Ethiopia and Egypt to reach a consensual agreement.
Ethiopia is implementing a large-scale project of the construction of the dam, "An-Nahda" ("Renaissance") on the Blue Nile in 2012. Its launch, according to experts, will inevitably lead to water shortages in the Sudan and Egypt, located downstream. During the time elapsed from the start of construction, the three countries have already held over a dozen meetings in order to resolve the water allocation issues and to start a new object, but differences remain.
According to local media, the construction of the dam, which is designed to become "the largest hydropower project in Africa", completed more than 71%. All the construction will be completed in 2023. In early March the Minister of foreign Affairs of Ethiopia to the Ged Andargachew stated that the filling of the dam will begin in July and to the end of the month reservoir should contain 4.9 billion cubic meters of water. Electricity production will start in February-March 2021.