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Egypt’s el-Sisi warns ‘all options open’ after dam talks fail

Latest spherical of negotiations between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia concluded on with no decision to long-running disputes about GERD.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has warned that “all options are open” after the newest spherical of talks between his nation, Sudan and Ethiopia a couple of big dam constructed by the latter on the Blue Nile ended with out progress.

Delegations from the three nations met in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the about, the present chair of the African Union (AU), in an try to interrupt the impasse in negotiations. The talks concluded on Tuesday with no decision to long-running disputes concerning the operation and filling of the dam’s reservoir.

“I am telling our brothers in Ethiopia, let’s not reach the point where you touch a drop of Egypt’s water, because all options are open,” el-Sisi mentioned on Wednesday.

“We have witnessed the cost of any confrontation,” he added, referring to previous regional conflicts.

Sudan’s irrigation minister additionally issued a warning on Wednesday, saying that his nation stood able to harden its stance within the dispute and foyer afresh on the highest worldwide ranges.

“For Sudan, all options are possible, including returning [the matter] to the UN Security Council and hardening policy … [if] Ethiopia embarks on a second filling [of the dam] without agreement,” Yasser Abbas advised reporters.

Nile waters

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam has been a supply of stress within the Nile River basin ever since Ethiopia broke floor on it in 2011.

Downstream neighbours Egypt and Sudan view the multibillion-dollar challenge as a menace due to their dependence on the Nile River waters, whereas Ethiopia considers it important for its electrification and improvement.

 

Ethiopian Water Minister Seleshi Bekele advised a news convention on Wednesday that Ethiopia would proceed filling the dam’s large reservoir in the course of the upcoming wet season, which usually begins in June or July.

“As construction progresses, filling takes place,” Seleshi mentioned. “We don’t deviate from that at all.”

However, Seleshi sought to defuse tensions.

“There is no need to enter an unnecessary war. A war can’t start because of water. Water flows if you fight today, it’ll continue to flow tomorrow,” he advised reporters.

Egypt and Sudan, in statements after the Kinshasa assembly, accused Ethiopia of intransigence on restarting negotiations prematurely of a second filling of the dam this 12 months.

Ethiopia mentioned on Tuesday it couldn’t enter into an settlement that infringed on its rights to utilise the Nile.

Sudan and Egypt had proposed together with the European Union, the United States and the United Nations as mediators along with the persevering with AU facilitation of the talks.

Both nations mentioned Ethiopia rejected the proposal in the course of the assembly, which Seleshi mentioned was a part of an try to trigger delay, in accordance with state news company FANA.

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