Egypt on diplomatic crusade to resolve dam dispute
Cairo, Jul 1 (Prensa Latina) Egypt is currently intensifying its diplomatic battle to resolve the long dispute with Ethiopia over the dam the latter is building on the Blue Nile River, after the failure of the recent round of talks.
Egypt plans to expand its diplomatic battle to secure international support for a binding agreement for the three nations (included Sudan), on the filling and operation of what will be Africa's biggest hydro-electric dam, and which also includes mitigation measures to face severe or prolonged droughts, Ahram Online reported.
One of the Egyptian government's steps was the request presented to the UN Security Council to facilitate the resumption of the tripartite talks, and urged Addis Ababa to discard unilateral actions before a pact is signed.
The urgency of the populous nation to sign a deal lies in the fact that the Ethiopian authorities announced that they will begin to fill the dam this month, taking advantage of the rainy season, an action that since Cairo's perception would limit the flow of the Nile River and, consequently, its access to water.
According to Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, undertaking such a process without the approval of the remaining downstream territories will increase tensions and lead to conflict in an already troubled region.
Eminently desert, Egypt, with land on two continents, depends on the Nile River for water consumption, agriculture and even tourism.
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