Egypt refers Ethiopian Nile dam crisis to UN Security Council

Egypt refers Ethiopian Nile dam crisis to UN Security Council


Egypt’s Foreign Ministry Headquarters (File image: egypt today)

Cairo (UNA-OIC) – Egypt announced that it has filed a request to the UN Security Council, asking it to intervene in negotiations over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) after recent tripartite negotiations between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have reached a deadlock.

In its request, Cairo asked the Security Council to “affirm the importance of the three countries resuming negotiations in good faith…in order to reach a fair and balanced solution to the GERD issue,” the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday.

Egypt submitted the request depending on Article 35 of the United Nations Charter, which grants both member and non-member states the power to bring any dispute or any situation that is likely to endanger international peace and security, to the attention of the Security Council

The move comes after recent negotiations between the three countries over the Nile dam have stalled due to Addis Ababa’s negative attitudes and its insistence on proceeding with filling the dam unilaterally, in violation of the Declaration of Principles signed by Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan in Khartoum on 23 March 2015, read the statement.

Egypt has always been keen to come up with an agreement that achieves the three countries’ interests, without causing serious harm to any of them, the statement carried by the State Information Service noted.

Therefore, Egypt called on the Security Council to intervene and assume its responsibilities for averting any form of tension and preserving international peace and security, it added.

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