Lavrov praised the talks Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia on the dam
Moscow welcomes the resumption of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia in negotiations to reach an agreement on the construction of the Ethiopian dam "Revival", said the Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
"Now is encouraging that the parties have again agreed to speed up contacts between the relevant Ministers," Lavrov said after talks with the foreign Ministers of the Troika of the African Union (DRC, Egypt, South Africa) format video.
He noted that Moscow calls as soon as possible to complete the coordination of generally acceptable approaches on the basis of international law and the interests of each party.
Earlier it was reported that Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia under the mediation of the African Union (AU) has resumed negotiations on the agreement on the construction of the Ethiopian dam "Revival" ("An-Nahda"). In June, after a three-month break in talks Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia have agreed to establish a Committee with technical and legal experts of the three countries as well as representatives from the AU and international observers for the negotiations to work out a final document on the dam. Addis Ababa has pledged not to begin the filling of the dam without such a document.
Egypt has not officially appealed to the UN Security Council to intervene in the negotiations on the construction of the dam to avoid unilateral steps on the part of Addis Ababa. Cairo said that he had taken such a step because of the "stalled" negotiations in connection with the "not positive" position of Ethiopia and the lack of "political desires".
Ethiopia is implementing a large-scale project of the construction of the dam 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.