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UN Security Council likely to meet over Renaissance Dam

According to Reuters, the UN Security Council might hold a meeting next week over the Renaissance Dam situation.

AlTaghyeer: Agencies

According to the report, Ambassador Nicolas de Riviere, the French UN ambassador, said that the Security Council is pondering a meeting next week to discuss the Renaissance Dam issue that Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan are currently engulfed in.

De Riviere, the council’s president for the month of July, revealed that there was little the security council co do but bring the parties together, and encourage a return to negotiations.

Ethiopia has expressed previously its disappointment with Egypt and Sudan’s attempts at internationalizing the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam issue.

Ethiopia has repeatedly stated that the issue should be mediated by the African Union, despite the AU’s mediation failing to produce any breakthrough.

The Security Council’s convening on the matter comes after both Egypt and Sudan pleaded the council to meet over the issue.

Differences So Far

Both Egypt and Sudan completely reject Ethiopia’s unilateral decision to proceed with the second filling of the dam’s lake, while adhering to the need to establish a bilateral agreement before any filling takes place.

Ethiopia is adamant in going through with the filling, despite both Egypt and Sudan considering it a threat to both their national securities for Ethiopia to proceed without a binding agreement.

The past few months have witnessed many attempts by the head of the African Union, the United States, and the Arab League at hopefully resolving the issue at hand.

Sudan and Egypt base their opposition to the dam on agreements that obligate Ethiopia to obtain approval and share information before operating any of its water projects.

In contrast, Ethiopia argues that colonial-era agreements are not binding.

The Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs denounced Ethiopia’s efforts to repudiate previous agreements in an earlier press statement.

Ethiopia is building the Renaissance Dam on territory lost by Sudan to Ethiopia as a result of a colonial agreement in 1902 AD.

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