Egypt wants binding agreement with Ethiopia on dam
Cairo, Jul 8 (Prensa Latina) Egypt on Thursday urges the UN Security Council to demand a binding agreement to the parties involved in the dispute over the construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam (GERD) in Ethiopia.
This was announced by Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, who participates this Thursday at a meeting of that United Nations body to analyze the issue.
During an interview with an international agency, quoted by the local press, the foreign minister said that after 10 years of talks, it was not possible to ensure that water continues to flow downstream in sufficient quantities towards Sudan and Egypt.
Shoukry said that Cairo and Khartoum requested the Security Council meeting in view of 'the existential threat' the GERD represents for the inhabitants of both countries.
Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for the Horn of Africa Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme Inger Andersen, and a diplomat from the Congo, who holds the presidency of the African Union, are expected to address the meeting this Thursday, in addition to the countries involved and the member States.
The GERD has been a source of dispute since its construction began a decade ago. Egypt and Sudan claim that the filling of the dam should not have started without an agreement between the parties because they fear a substantial drop of their access to the river's water.
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