Egypt urged the UN security Council to force Ethiopia to temporarily not fill a hydroelectric dam
Egypt urged the UN Security Council to force Ethiopia to abandon the filling of the dam HPP "Revival" to resolve contentious issues, said Monday the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic Sameh shoukry.
On Monday, the UN Security Council held a meeting in videoconference devoted to the construction of Ethiopia's hydroelectric power station "Renaissance". Downstream Egypt is concerned that the filling of the dam " will lead to drought in the country. The initiator of the virtual meeting of the UN security Council was Cairo.
According to the Minister, "completion and commissioning of hydroelectric dams pose a serious threat to international peace and security."
"It (filling HPP) will lead to unstable situation in the two downstream countries (Sudan and Egypt), between our countries will be a hostile atmosphere, and will sow the seeds of enmity between our peoples," said Shukri.
The head of the Egyptian foreign Ministry said that "an effective solution to the issue of the hydroelectric dam is to achieve a fair and balanced agreement".
Egypt has not officially 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. 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.