“He encourages the three parties (Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia) to continue the efforts made to peacefully resolve the remaining differences on (the Renaissance Dam file),” said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, on Tuesday.
This was stated in a statement by Antonio’s official spokesman, Stephen Dujarric, at a video conference in the United Nations headquarters in New York.
“The Secretary-General notes the good progress made on the negotiations between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan up to now,” Dujarric said.
Dujarric asserted that Guterres “encourages the three parties to continue efforts to resolve remaining differences peacefully and achieve a mutually beneficial agreement.”
Guterres urged the three parties to “reach an amicable agreement.”
The UN spokesman did not clarify the nature of the progress, but the UN statement comes a few hours after Egypt and Sudan held, on Tuesday, a remote meeting, to discuss the developments of the Renaissance Dam file, in the first meeting held about two months after the tripartite negotiations stopped.
The Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdock and the Egyptian Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli, with the participation of the foreign and irrigation ministers and intelligence chiefs of both countries, discussed the developments of the file, according to a statement of the Sudanese government.
Hamdock assured that he will contact the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abi Ahmed to consult on the resumption of the tripartite negotiation as soon as possible.
And Egypt signed the end of last February, an agreement to fill and operate the dam sponsored by the United States of America with the participation of the World Bank, saying that the agreement was “fair”, while Ethiopia rejected it, and Sudan maintains it.
Cairo and Addis Ababa are exchanging accusations and diplomatic moves to defend each country’s position on the dam.
A few days ago, Egypt submitted an explanatory note to the members of the UN Security Council on the developments of the negotiations, which were officially stalled since mid-March.
Cairo fears the potential negative impact of the dam on its annual share of the Nile’s water, which amounts to 55.5 billion cubic meters, while Sudan gets 18.5 billion.
While Addis Ababa says that it is not intended to harm Egypt’s interests, and that the goal of building the dam is mainly electricity generation.