Sudan Files Complaint on Ethiopia’s Nile Dam with UN


NAIROBI (Somaliguardian) – Sudan has sent a letter to the United Nations complaining about Ethiopia’s refusal to halt the second filling of a controversial hydro-electric dam it is building on the Blue Nile River.

It comes days after the Arab League called for UN Security Council intervention over the dam dispute following deadlocked African Union-sponsored talks.

The move follows Egyptian letter sent to the United Nations Security Council, calling for pressure on Addis Ababa to stop filling the Renaissance Dam before a legal and binding agreement.

In the letter, Sudan urged the United Nations to prevent any unilateral move as Addis Ababa continues the second filling of the Renaissance Dam amid concerns raised by both Sudanese and Egyptian governments.

Sudan is following “diplomatic and political channels and also legal channels,” Sudanese minister of Irrigation Yasir Abas said on Tuesday, according to Bloomberg. Khartoum may prepare a possible legal case against Ethiopia it may refer to the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

“If there’s the political will you can get a deal in one day,” he added. “We are having a feeling that Ethiopia does not want to reach an agreement.”

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