Arab Countries Call on UNSC to Convene Meeting on Ethiopia’s Dam, Arab League Says

© REUTERS / NASAThe Blue Nile River is seen as the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam reservoir fills near the Ethiopia-Sudan border, in this broad spectral image taken November 6, 2020
The Blue Nile River is seen as the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam reservoir fills near the Ethiopia-Sudan border, in this broad spectral image taken November 6, 2020 - Sputnik International, 1920, 15.06.2021
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DOHA (Sputnik) - The Arab countries called on the United Nations Security Council to convene a special meeting to discuss the issues around the Renaissance Dam that is bring built by Ethiopia, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States (LAS), Ahmed Aboul Gheit, said on Tuesda

"We call on the UN Security Council to take responsibility on this issue by convening an emergency meeting to consult on this issue [the Renaissance dam] and take the necessary measures to start an effective negotiation process to achieve a fair and enforceable by the law for the three countries agreements on the Renaissance dam in a certain period of time, " Gheit said.

The River Nile as it passes through Beni Suef, Egypt. The Egyptians fear water levels will go down if the Ethiopian dam goes ahead. - Sputnik International, 1920, 14.06.2021
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In a communique, adopted by the Arab League following a meeting in Doha on Tuesday, the Arab countries also demanded Ethiopia to refrain from further filling the reservoir of the Renaissance dam with water without reaching an agreement with Egypt and Sudan on the principle of the dam's operation.

Since 2011, Addis Ababa has invested about $4.3 billion into the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile, the main tributary of the Nile River. The project is envisioned to be the largest hydroelectric dam in Africa and give Ethiopia an energy surplus, making it an exporter to its energy-scarce neighbours.

Sudan, Egypt, and Ethiopia have held dozens of rounds of talks in the past ten years, but have failed to agree on how soon the dam should be filled. Cairo and Khartoum fear the project may affect their share of water and seriously damage their nations' economies and agriculture.

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