Egypt and Sudan resumes Dam talks after UN urges

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With concern to Dam, the UN Security Council urged Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan to start over African Union-led talks and reach a conclusion within a stimulated time once again. It is entirely based on operation of a giant hydropower dam on the Blue Nile in Ethiopia.

UN was called by both Egypt and Sudan to help resolve the dispute after Ethiopia began filling the reservoir behind its Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) in July for a second year. Ethiopia is opposed to any council involvement.

A council of 15-members is constituted and called upon the three countries to take forward the AU-led negotiation process in a constructive and cooperative manner. They resumes negotiations at the invitation of the Chairperson of the African Union to finalize expeditiously the text of mutually acceptable and binding agreement on the filling and operation of the GERD, within a reasonable time frame.

The Foreign Ministry of Sudan mentioned that they want to change to the ineffective method that has characterized previous rounds of negotiation. Whereas, DRC delegation which was headed by their Foreign Minister Christophe Lutundula, highlighted his plans on visiting Egypt and Ethiopia on a tour which will be entirely dedicated to resolving the long-running water dispute.

It can be vividly seen that Egypt and Sudan have been pressing Ethiopia to sign a binding agreement on the filling and operation of its dam on the Blue Nile ever since work first started on the project in 2011.

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