Ethiopia’s foreign ministry said on Friday that the UN Security Council’s support for African mediation in resolving the Renaissance Dam crisis strengthens the African Union-led trilateral dialogue.
The ministry’s spokeswoman, Dina Mufti, made the announcement during a news conference in the capital, Addis Ababa, reported the official Ethiopian news agency.
Mufti stressed that the Security Council’s decision to support African mediation to resolve the dispute with Egypt and Sudan is “a major diplomatic victory for the country”.
“This Security Council resolution can be seen as a great success for Ethiopia and its people,” he said.
The spokesman stressed that “despite efforts by Egypt and Sudan to refer the road issue to the Security Council, it was subsequently handed over to the African Union”.
It should be noted that the Security Council held a session on the Great Ethiopian Dam, the second of its kind after it was held last year, without issuing a decision on the Arab draft resolution, which seeks to continue talks between Egypt, Ethiopia and Egypt. invokes. Sudan to reach an agreement on the rules for filling and operating the dam, for a period of 6 months.
The Security Council referred the matter to the African Union, calling on the three countries to continue the path of negotiations, as requested by Egypt and Sudan, without setting a time limit.
Ethiopia, for its part, on Monday and Tuesday notified the countries below the Nile, Egypt and Sudan, without reaching a tripartite agreement, about the start of the second filling of the dam, which Cairo and Khartoum took unilaterally. condemned and rejected.
Addis Ababa insists on filling the dam next July and August, without prior agreement with the littoral countries, indicating that it does not want to harm its neighbours, and that the dam is intended to generate electricity for development.
While Egypt and Sudan insist on reaching a tripartite agreement on the filling and operation of the dam to ensure their annual share of the Nile’s waters.
* Wejden Jalsi translated from Arabic
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