Ethiopia: Egypt’s complaint to the Security Council “has no effect”

Ethiopian Foreign Minister Guido Andargacho said Sunday evening that the Egyptian complaint submitted to the UN Security Council over the “Renaissance dam“, “has no effect”. 

And Andargashow added, in statements to the Al-Jazeera news channel, that “the filling of the Renaissance Dam, scheduled for next month, was agreed upon in 2015, and it does not need the approval of any party.”

He continued, “Egypt’s complaint has no effect on the Security Council, because we have documents and evidence that refute the Egyptian allegations.”

He considered that “the Egyptian complaint to the Security Council comes within the framework of the policy of escaping from dialogue and negotiation.”

In a statement on Friday, Egypt announced that it had submitted a request to the Security Council regarding the “stumbling” of the dam negotiations a few days ago.

In another speech on Saturday, Egypt called for speeding up the discussion of its request in the council.

On Friday, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry stated that Cairo asked the Security Council “to interfere with a view to reaching a just and balanced solution to the issue of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, and not to take any unilateral measures that might affect the chances of reaching an agreement.”

Ethiopia plans to start filling the “Renaissance dam” in this rainy season, and it coincides with the coming July, amid a Sudanese-Egyptian refusal to fill a unilateral decision without an agreement.

During 7 days, the last of which was Wednesday, technical negotiations took place, via television circles, between the three countries, in the presence of observers from the European Union, South Africa and the United States.

Ethiopia: Egypt's complaint to the Security Council "has no effect"

However, it did not reach a joint outcome or agreement on the rules for filling and operating the dam, amid mutual accusations between Egypt and Ethiopia over the cause of the obstruction.

Negotiations between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have stalled over the past years, amid mutual accusations between Cairo and Addis Ababa of intransigence and the desire to impose unrealistic solutions.

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.

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