Ethiopia will not start to fill in the"Rebirth" to reach an agreement
Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan have agreed during the negotiations on the establishment of the technical Committee for the elaboration of the final document on the Ethiopian dam "Revival", Addis Ababa pledged not to begin the filling of the dam without such a document, said press Secretary of the President of Egypt Bassam Happy.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Friday took part in the summit dedicated to the subject of the Renaissance dam and held in a videoconference mode. In the negotiations of the Sudan was presented by Prime Minister Abdullah Hamuka, Ethiopia Prime Minister Abay Ahmad.
Also in the meeting took part the Chairman of the African Union (AU), President of South Africa Cyril of Ramaphosa and the presidents of Kenya, Mali and the DRC.
According to him, the parties agreed not to take unilateral steps, including to "refrain from filling the dam to reach agreement on it."
The parties also plan to send UN a message with the content of the meeting, the Council took into account recent events on Monday during the meeting at which it is planned to discuss the topic of the dam.
The summit was convened at the initiative of the African Union. Egyptian leader in his speech stressed that Cairo is committed to a balanced agreement on the dam, the implementation of which will enable Addis Ababa to develop the economy, but you should consider the right of Egypt and Sudan in water resources and to avoid damage when filling of the dam.
Egypt last week officially asked 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. 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".
Earlier, the Minister of foreign Affairs of Ethiopia to the Ged Andargachew confirmed that negotiations on the dam suspended until the agreement is still far away. The Minister of foreign Affairs stressed that the position of Addis Ababa on the dam is unchanged, and the negotiations should focus only on the discussion of the dam.
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. Since the beginning of the construction of 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", was completed by more than 74%. 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.