Egypt rejects initial fill of Nile dam and Ethiopian proposal
Cairo, Aug 5 (Prensa Latina) Egypt reiterated today its rejection of the initial filling of the Ethiopian dam on the Blue Nile due to its unilateral nature, and expressed disagreement with a proposal presented the day before by Addis Ababa during the tripartite talks.
In a letter to the African Union (AU), which is sponsoring the current talks, the Ministry of Water Resources criticized the Ethiopian decision to start filling the dam, the largest on the continent, without a prior agreement with Cairo and the Sudanese side, highlighted local media.
The ministry also expressed its disagreement with an initiative put forward by the Ethiopian delegation, considering that it rules out the possibility of achieving a legally binding consensus, a requirement of the two downstream territories (Egypt and Sudan), Al Ahram on line expanded, citing an official statement.
Egypt adheres to its historical rights to the waters of the Nile and the laws in this regard, likewise rejects any unilateral measure and demands that Addis Ababa act in accordance with the principles of the international norm, underlines the statement released by the digital portal.
The draft - points out - the guidelines and rules presented by Ethiopia does not include any regulations to operate the dam, or any element indicating that the agreement is legally binding.
Egypt fears that the start of the dam will limit the flow of the Nile, insufficient to supply its growing population, which exceeds 100 million.
For this reason, it asks for guidelines to fill the reservoir with a non-damaging rhythm or speed, as well as provisions aimed at mitigating possible effects in the event of severe or prolonged droughts, a position Sudan agrees with.
Egypt - eminently desert - also argues that in contrast to the situation in Ethiopia, the Nile is its only watercourse, on which it depends for human consumption, agriculture, electricity generation, aquaculture and even tourism.
Meanwhile, Addis Ababa, which bets on the colossal work with the objective of guaranteeing national energy generation and exporting to other parts of Africa, also affirms that it will not cause damage to its coastal neighbors by making use of this natural resource, which it estimates legitimate and necessary spring for internal development.
Despite the disagreements that limit the signing of a balanced deal, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi confirmed that he will continue on the diplomatic path.
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