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Egypt asks UN security Council to intervene in the talks on Ethiopian dam

Egypt on Saturday formally appealed to the UN security Council to intervene in the negotiation of construction on the Blue Nile Ethiopian dam "Rebirth" in order to avoid unilateral steps on the part of Addis Ababa, said the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic.

Informed about this possibility was stated by the foreign Minister of Egypt Sameh shoukry.

Egypt's foreign Ministry referred to article 35 of the UN Charter, giving the right to make such a request.

Cairo notes that taking such a step because of the "stalled" negotiations in connection with the "not positive" position of Ethiopia and the lack of "political desires".

This request will allow you to avoid aggravation in the region and to maintain stability, the statement said.

Technical issues in the talks on Ethiopian dam "Revival" is solved by 90%, but the remaining differences need the participation of the Prime Ministers of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan, said Wednesday the Sudanese Ministry of water resources and irrigation.

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 by 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.