Ethiopian Ambassador to Russia has criticized the appeal of Egypt to the UN because of the dam
The Ambassador of Ethiopia in Russia, Alemayehu Tegegn believes that Egypt had no need to go to the UN security Council on the dam "Renaissance".
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".
"In order to allay concerns, we have invited international experts from Sudan and Egypt to see the documentation for the construction. Unfortunately, the Egyptians asked the UN security Council. This was not necessary, it was wrong, because this is a construction project, not a security issue that relates to the powers of the security Council," - said the diplomat TV channel "Russia 24".
"The decision and consideration of this issue should have stayed between us three countries. And after the UN security Council devoted to this topic, the question remains, are still being negotiated. We hope they will be fruitful. And they will be the only case that would settle all the details, if they do not cause discomfort if the Egyptians would agree to such terms of negotiations, they will be successful," the diplomat added.
According to the Ambassador of Ethiopia, the dam is only for electricity and not for irrigation, the water after passing through the turbine then flows to the countries of the lower reaches of the Nile.
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.
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.
As said earlier the head of Russian foreign Ministry Sergei Lavrov, Russia welcomes the resumption of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia in negotiations to reach an agreement on the construction of the Ethiopian dam "Rebirth".