Cairo, June 16: Ethiopia has rejected an Arab League resolution calling on the United Nations Security Council to intervene in a Nile River dam conflict between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia that may turn into a military conflict.
Foreign ministers of the 22-member bloc met in the Qatari capital Doha on Tuesday to reach an agreement on the filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) despite the absence of a water-use agreement with Egypt and Sudan.
Egypt’s Foreign Minister said Cairo is seeking a diplomatic, not a military, solution to the conflict. While Ethiopia is hoping of economic development and power generation on the dam. Egypt relies on the river for as much as 90 percent of its freshwater and sees the new dam as an existential threat. Sudan is concerned about the operation of its own Nile dams and water stations.
Ethiopia started building the GERD in 2011, amid Egypt’s concern it might affect the country’s 55.5-billion-cubic-meter annual share of the Nile water.
Inputs from Agencies