Source: Dubai – Al Arabiya Channel
The UN Security Council will hold a session today, Monday, on negotiations for the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia.
Egypt anticipated the forthcoming session with a series of high-level contacts and consultations with Security Council member states.
Egypt has coordinated with France, which chairs the Security Council this June, as well as with the United States, which has hosted several rounds of tripartite consultations between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan.
In anticipation of the session, the African Union held a mini-summit last Friday, which resulted in Ethiopias commitment not to take unilateral action regarding filling the dam, before the crisis was resolved, and to set a binding timeframe within two weeks.
The upcoming Security Council session comes amid a breakthrough in the negotiations between the three countries, Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia, after the intervention of the African Union, which confirmed progress in the negotiations.
It is noteworthy that the Renaissance Dam was designed to be the largest dam in Africa, as part of Ethiopias plan to become the largest source of energy on the continent, by generating 6 thousand megawatts of electricity.
Lake Dam is also a reservoir that extends over an area of 1600 square kilometers.
Filling the lake requires from 5 to 15 years, with a storage capacity of 74 billion cubic meters, a capacity equal to the shares of Egypt and Sudan of the Nile water, which will deprive Egypt and Sudan of the flow of 15 billion cubic meters of water annually.
Egypt is demanding that it be filled over a period of 7-10 years, while Ethiopia wants to fill it in only 4 years.