Nile Dam Deal Between Egypt, Ethiopia And Sudan Is Possible, UN Says
Faizan Hashmi 26 days ago Fri 09th July 2021 | 06:40 PM
United Nations, United States, July 9 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 9th Jul, 2021 ) :An agreement on Ethiopia's controversial Nile River dam is possible, the UN said Thursday, urging "trust, transparency and open engagement" as Egypt accused Addis Ababa of threatening its existence.
Ethiopia, which intends to continue the second phase of filling the hydroelectric dam's reservoir in July and August, contends that the project is vital for the energy needs of its 110 million-strong population.
While progress has been made in many areas of the negotiations, consensus "has not been reached regarding some critical aspects, including: arrangements for management of protracted drought; development upstream and downstream of the GERD; and a dispute resolution mechanism," the official said.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said the dam was an "existential threat" to Egypt, calling for "a legally binding agreement that enables Ethiopia to achieve its developmental objectives." The members of the Security Council encouraged the three countries to overcome their differences towards an agreement under the aegis of the African Union.
"If its survival is imperiled, Egypt will be left with no alternative but to uphold and protect its inherent right to life that is guaranteed by the laws," Shoukry said, without giving further details.
Silence would be interpreted as a green light for Ethiopia to continue filling the reservoir, she warned.