The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday urged Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan to resume African Union-led talks to reach a binding agreement “within a reasonable time frame” on operating the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on Ethiopia’s Blue Nile.
In an official statement that was approved unanimously, the 15-nation Security Council called on “the three countries to move forward with the negotiation process led by the African Union in a constructive and cooperative manner.”
The statement stated: “The Security Council urges Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan to resume negotiations, at the invitation of the Chairman of the African Union, to urgently finalize the text of an agreement acceptable and binding on the parties regarding the filling and operation of the Grand Renaissance Dam within a reasonable time frame.”
Egypt and Sudan had sought the council’s help in resolving the dispute after Ethiopia began filling the dam’s reservoir in July for the second year. Addis Ababa opposes any Security Council intervention in this case.
For its part, Egypt welcomed the presidential statement of the Security Council calling for the resumption of the Renaissance Dam negotiations.
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry announced on Wednesday evening that it welcomes the presidential statement issued by the Security Council, within the framework of its responsibilities for maintaining international peace and security, which encouraged Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan to resume negotiations on the Renaissance Dam, within the framework of the negotiating track led by the President of the African Union, adding that this is for the purpose of completion. Quickly drafting the text of a binding legal agreement on filling and operating the Renaissance Dam, within a reasonable time frame.