Source: Dubai- Arabia.net
After I hold The Security Council held its meeting Yesterday evening, Monday, on the Renaissance Dam, after the request submitted by Egypt, after negotiations stalled with Ethiopia last week, Egypt made it clear on Tuesday that the asylum of the UN Council came after the stalled dialogue on this file.
The Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, said in exclusive statements to Al-Arabiya and Al-Hadath channels that his country did not accuse any of the countries concerned in the file, but explained all the details of the issue in a comprehensive manner, stressing his country’s commitment to the two-week deadline agreed upon during the AU summit. The mini.
But he added that Ethiopia had rejected for six years the mediation of any party, and had not accepted the mediation of the World Bank.
He also affirmed that several countries support Egypt in this sensitive file for Egypt, calling on all parties concerned (Sudan and Ethiopia) to refrain from making any negative statements regarding the negotiations in order to keep from negatively affecting the course of the talks.
Moreover, he mentioned the possibility of reaching an agreement within two weeks, saying, “We are committed to this time frame.”
This came after members of the United Nations Security Council expressed, during a session on the Renaissance Dam, on Monday, their support for the efforts of the African Union to resolve the crisis caused by the huge hydroelectric project that Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile.
During yesterday’s meeting, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Rosemarie DiCarlo said, “Differences can be overcome and agreement reached if all parties demonstrate the necessary political will to make concessions in accordance with the spirit of cooperation that was emphasized in the 2015 Declaration of Principles.”
The largest hydroelectric dam in Africa
It is noteworthy that the Renaissance Dam, which Addis Ababa began building in 2011, will become, upon its completion, the largest hydroelectric dam in Africa, with a production capacity of six thousand megawatts. However, this vital project for Ethiopia, which was built at a height of 145 meters, raises acute tensions between it and both Sudan and Egypt, which share the waters of the Nile with Ethiopia and fear that the dam will limit the amount of water that reaches them.
Egypt, which considers this project the source of an “existential” threat, called on the UN Security Council to intervene, after tripartite negotiations on the operation and management of the dam faltered earlier this month, before carrying A virtual summit of the leaders of the three countries and the President of South Africa Cyril Ramabusa, who heads the African Union, held a breakthrough last Friday (26 June) after the three countries agreed to halt any actions in order to reach a final agreement within a maximum of two or three weeks.