In Sudan said about the progress in negotiations on hydropower plants in Ethiopia
Addis Ababa, Khartoum and Cairo has made significant progress in negotiations on construction in Ethiopia HPP "Revival", on Monday, said the Ministry of water resources of the Sudan.
A day earlier on the progress in the tripartite negotiations on HPP Vozrozhdenie reported by the Ethiopian Ministry of water resources. But on Monday, the foreign Minister of Egypt Sameh shoukry said that talks with Ethiopia "stalled", saying that Egypt may turn to the UN Security Council to resolve disputes erected around the Ethiopia dam.
However, in the Sudanese statement said and about the disagreements between the delegations of the three countries in relation to the legal aspects.
"In particular in relation to binding agreements and the possibility of making changes, in addition to the dispute settlement mechanism," - said in a statement.
A discussion of controversial issues, according to the Ministry of water resources of the Sudan, the parties agreed to entrust the legal teams of the three countries. The talks between the Ministers of water resources of Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt will continue on Tuesday.
Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan in the beginning of last week after a three-month suspension 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. Official representative of the Ministry of water resources of Egypt said Saturday that he is "not optimistic in relation to the ongoing negotiations because of the stubbornness of the Ethiopian side." He also noted 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."
The basis of the current negotiations, according to Cairo, should become the text of the agreement prepared in February of this year, the United States and the world Bank, assisting in the negotiations. Egypt, then, the text of the agreement initialed, the Ethiopian side took time "to think".
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.