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UN supports African Union effort to end Nile dam dispute

Christian Fernsby |
Following their Thursday meeting to consider the dispute between Sudan, Egypt and Addis Ababa over the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, the United Nations Security Council has pledged full support for African Union efforts to mediate in the dispute over water rights along the Blue Nile.

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Egypt and Sudan called for the intervention of the UN Security Council after Ethiopia earlier this week began filling the reservoir behind the now-completed hydroelectric dam on the Nile.

The two downstream nations have complained about the probable impact of the project on their access to Nile waters since construction began a decade ago.

"A fair and balanced solution to the problems of filling the reservoir and the use of the dam can be found, provided there's a proper political commitment by all parties," said Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. ambassador to the UN, after Thursday's Security Council deliberations.

She went on to say that negotiations should resume under African Union chairmanship, as soon as possible.


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