Egypt may turn to the UN security Council because of the conflict over Ethiopian dam
Egypt may ask the UN Security Council to resolve the conflict erected around Ethiopia the Renaissance dam due to the stalled talks, said the foreign Ministry of the country.
On Monday, the foreign Minister of Egypt Sameh shoukry held via video conference round table "the Egyptian diplomacy: a response to modern challenges", which discussed a number of topics including the crises in Libya, Syria and Yemen, it is told in received RIA Novosti news Agency the statement a press-Secretary of the foreign Ministry Ahmed Hafez.
"The Minister said that Egypt for several years, adheres to the negotiation course and wish to reach a fair agreement on this crisis so that it was profitable for the three countries, however, the latest situation in the negotiations does not inspire hope for a positive outcome, as Ethiopia continues to persist. Thus, Egypt will be forced to seek other options, such as appeal to the UN security Council to... impact on global security, preventing unilateral steps of Ethiopia, adversely affecting the rights of Egypt's water", - reads the statement of Hafez.
The Minister also during the round table touched upon the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, stressing the importance of opposition to a unilateral Israeli measures such as the annexation of the Jordan valley.
Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan last week resumed negotiations on the construction of the Ethiopian hydroelectric "Rebirth". The first since the February talks between the three Ministers of water resources held in the videoconference mode. On Saturday the official representative of the Ministry of water resources of Egypt stated that the proposed Ethiopia in the negotiations, a draft agreement on hydroelectric power station "Revival" deprives downstream in the Nile Sudan and Egypt, "water rights, giving Ethiopia the sole right to use the resources of the river."
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, power generation will start in February-March 2021.
The key question of tripartite talks on the dam - this is the time frame in which to fill the reservoir of the dam. Egypt has offered to fill it up gradually over 10 years, given that object requires 74 billion cubic meters of water. Ethiopia is going to do it in just three years. In this case, Egypt and Sudan over a year will lose about 25 billion cubic meters of water that threatens the two countries by drought and crop damage.