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Egypt may resort to UN Security Council over Nile dam dispute with Ethiopia

Christian Fernsby |
Egypt will consider all political options, such as going to the UN Security Council, to prevent Ethiopia from taking any unilateral actions regarding the first filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) that would deprive Egypt of its water rights, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said Monday.

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His remarks followed a Monday video conference meeting of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia’s water ministers which discussed the first filling of the GERD reservoir, Sudan’s second consensual draft document and the current path of negotiations.

In press statements on the sidelines of a Canada-Egypt Business Council seminar at the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s headquarters, Shoukry stressed that Egypt will not surrender any of its water rights.

Egypt has remained committed to its approach in the past few years, he said, and sincerely wishes to reach a fair and just agreement for all three countries involved.

But the recent situation is not conductive to any positive results as long as Ethiopia continues its uncooperative behavior, he added.

This has forced Egypt’s hand to take other options such as resorting to the UN Security Council in order to redress the impact of this crisis on international peace and security, he said.

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