CAIRO, 5 JULY (Abaypress) – Egypt’s president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi Egypt’s irrigation minister said on Monday that Ethiopia had started filling the reservoir behind its massive hydroelectric project, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), for the second year in a row.
Irrigation Minister Mohamed Abdel Aty said in a statement that Egypt has notified Ethiopia of its unequivocal rejection of the move, which it sees as a danger to regional stability.
Ethiopia claims that the Blue Nile project is critical to the country’s economic development and population electricity supply.
Egypt sees the dam as posing a serious danger to its Nile water supply, which it relies on nearly exclusively. Sudan, a downstream country, is concerned about the dam’s stability and the impact on its own dams and water stations.
According to Egyptian Irrigation Ministry spokesman Mohamed Ghanim, the volume of the collecting water would be determined by the quantity of seasonal rain that falls in Ethiopia.
“The Nile will be unaffected for the time being. We have around a month or a month and a half to go “he stated
Egypt and Sudan have undertaken a diplomatic effort to get a legally binding agreement on the dam’s management, but negotiations have stopped on several occasions.
The diplomatic drive picked up steam ahead of the dam’s initial filling last summer, and it has picked up steam again in recent weeks.
The United Nations Security Council is scheduled to meet on Thursday to examine the matter, and Abdel Aty had written to the council to update it on the latest developments, according to the statement.
Ethiopia claims it is finally asserting its rights over Nile waters that have long been under the authority of its downstream neighbors.
Egypt and Sudan already understood the specifics of the dam’s filling for the first three years, according to its ambassador in Khartoum, and the issue should not be taken before the Security Council since it was not a concern of peace and security.