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Egypt, Sudan increase pressure on Ethiopia over Nile dam crisis

Egypt has written to the UN Security Council denouncing Ethiopia’s plan to move ahead with the second filling of its controversial dam on the Blue Nile, as international diplomacy builds to resume negotiations to solve the decadelong dispute between the Nile Basin countries.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (L) shakes the hand of Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour (C) in the presence of Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom (R), after signing an agreement following another round of talks on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project that has strained ties between Cairo and Addis Ababa, Khartoum, Sudan, Dec. 29, 2015.

In a June 11 letter addressed to the United Nations Security Council, Egypt denounced Ethiopia’s plan to move ahead with the second filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), without reaching a binding agreement with its neighboring downstream countries — Egypt and Sudan — on the process of filling and operating the dam.

Egypt noted that it regrettably finds it “necessary to, once again, inform the UN Security Council that negotiations on the GERD are at an impasse and that Ethiopia remains intent on imposing a fait accompli on Egypt and Sudan by continuing to impound the waters of the Blue Nile to fill the GERD reservoir.”

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