In Sudan, Egypt wants the international community to intervene in Ethiopia’s plans to move forward with the second filling of the dam this summer.
Sudan has asked the UN Security Council to meet and discuss a dispute over a giant dam built by Ethiopia over the Blue Nile.
Ethiopia puts its hopes of economic development and energy generation on hold on the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), while the two countries in the valley – Egypt and Sudan – are concerned and are looking for a mandatory agreement on the filling and operation of the dam.
Egypt relies on the Nile River up to 90 percent of its fresh water and sees the dam as an existential threat.
Sudan is concerned about the operation of its own dams and Nile water stations.
On Tuesday, Sudan’s Foreign Minister Mariam Sadiq al-Mahdi called on the Security Council to hold a session as soon as possible to discuss GERD and “its impact on the security and safety of millions of people, ”a government statement said.
In a letter, al-Mahdi called on the head of the council to urge Ethiopia to stop the “unilateral” filling of the dam “which aggravates the dispute and poses a threat to regional and international peace and security,” he added. the statement.
Ethiopian officials did not comment on the letter.
Earlier this month, Sudan and Egypt agreed to work together at all levels to push Ethiopia to “seriously” negotiate an agreement, after African Union-sponsored talks remained stalled.
Both countries have asked the international community to intervene.
The Arab states have asked the Security Council to discuss the dispute and Ethiopia’s plans to move forward with the second filling of the dam this summer even without an agreement with Sudan and Egypt.
Ethiopia has rejected the resolution of the Arab League altogether.
Arab League envoy to the UN Maged Abdel Fattah said Tuesday evening that Sudan and Egypt are working on a draft resolution to the Security Council on the GERD if Ethiopia does not reach it. to an agreement.
Fattah told Egyptian television channel Sada Elbalad that Arab states are pushing for the draft resolution to be approved, adding that he does not expect world powers to block it.
Ethiopia has previously rejected calls from Egypt and Sudan to involve mediators outside the African Union.
Sudan said earlier in June that it was open to a partial interim agreement on the multi-billion dollar dam, with specific conditions.