Egypt: Security Council Should Demand a Binding Agreement on Renaissance Dam
Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shukri, says that "Egypt and Sudan have called on the Security Council to meet in the light of the existential threat posed by the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam to the people of the two countries."
Egypt's Foreign Minister Samih Shukri said that Egypt will urge the UN Security Council to call on all its members to make every effort to reach a binding agreement on the Renaissance Dam within 6 months.
He mentioned during an interview for "the Associated Press", in New York, that "10 years of negotiations over the Renaissance Dam have failed to reach an agreement with Ethiopia".
In this context, Shukri said that Egypt and Sudan have called for the meeting of the Security Council in the light of the "existential threat" the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam poses to the people of the two countries
He pointed out that Ethiopia's decision to start the second filling of the Renaissance Dam reservoir violates the 2015 Agreement.
In response, Ethiopia called on the countries of the Upper Nile Basin to form what is called the "front against Egyptian and Sudanese movement", and considered that the demands of the two countries are "colonial and monopolistic demands".
Ethiopian Foreign Minister, Demeke Mekonnen, had said that the recent attempts of Sudan and Egypt to bring the case of the "Renaissance Dam" before the UN Security Council, through the mobilization of the Arab League states, would "unnecessarily internationalize the file..."
This comes hours before a meeting of the Security Council that was called upon to oppose Addis Ababa's implementation of the second filling of the Dam, at a time Tunisia had submitted a draft resolution demanding Ethiopia to stop filling the reservoir.