Sudan said on lowering the level of the flow of the Blue Nile
The Ministry of irrigation and water resources Sudan is said to reduce the level of the river flow of Blue Nile to 90 million cubic meters a day after the announcement by Ethiopia on the beginning of filling the reservoir of the dam "Renaissance".
The Minister of irrigation of Ethiopia, seleshi Bekele announced Wednesday on the beginning of filling the reservoir of the Renaissance dam, around which conducted the difficult negotiations between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan. According to the TV station al-Arabiya, with reference to the Minister, the first phase of the storage dam will be filled by 4.9 billion cubic meters.
"From water meters located at the border with Ethiopia station al-Dim, it is obvious that the water level dropped to 90 million cubic meters per day, which confirms the closing of the shutters of the dam "Renaissance", - said in a statement.
The Ministry also stated that it is "against any unilateral action taken by any of the parties against the background of ongoing efforts by the African Union to reach consensus between the three countries."
Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan in the first half of June resumed its suspended in February talks on the Ethiopian dam. Since the beginning of July, the dialogue was brokered by the African Union. On Monday, the foreign Minister of Egypt Sameh shoukry said that the next round of negotiations ended inconclusively. According to the head of the foreign Ministry of Egypt, the results of the negotiations will be submitted to the office of Chairperson of the African Union, this year is South Africa.
Earlier official representative of the Ministry of water resources of Egypt stated that the proposed Ethiopia in the negotiations, a draft agreement on hydroelectric power station "Revival" deprives downstream in the Nile Sudan and Egypt, "water rights, giving Ethiopia the sole right to use the resources of the river."
Egypt has also officially asked 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.