Ethiopia: No need to notify Egypt and Sudan before filling the Dam

Ethiopia said, on Monday, that it will implement its plan to fill the Renaissance Dam in July, as part of the planned plans, saying that “there is no need to notify Sudan and Egypt of this.” 

This came in an interview with a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Amsalo Tizazu, with the Ethiopian News Agency (official), in a new escalation of Addis Ababa to the Renaissance Dam crisis.

“Egypt’s complaint to the UN Security Council will not achieve any result, nor will it stop the plan to start filling the dam,” Tizazu said.

He added: “Nothing is expected of us regarding the filling of the dam, because Egypt and Sudan know that this will happen when the construction of the dam reaches a certain level, and we must not inform them.”

On May 6, Egypt formally submitted a letter to the Security Council to discuss the “developments” of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, whose negotiations have been stalled for months.

The Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, said in a statement that the speech also discussed the importance of resolving this file in a fair and balanced manner to the three parties concerned (Cairo, Khartoum and Addis Ababa) to ensure security and stability in the region.

The Ethiopian official also revealed that his country prepared a document that clearly reflects its position regarding the filling of the Renaissance Dam, and that it will soon be presented to the President of the Security Council, without specifying a date.

The Egyptian authorities have not issued any immediate response to the statement of the Ethiopian official, which warns of the escalation of the crisis that has been going on for years, according to observers.

In November, Washington sponsored attempts to convergence of views between Cairo, Addis Ababa and Khartoum, which ended with Egypt signing an agreement to fill and operate the dam.

Cairo considered this agreement, which was also sponsored by the World Bank, “fair”, amid Ethiopian rejection, and a Sudanese reservation.

Cairo and Addis Ababa held contacts and interviews with several ambassadors to present their views on the dam, amid Sudanese calls to return to the negotiations without response from the Egyptian and Ethiopian parties.

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