EGYPT SEEKS ‘URGENT CLARIFICATION’ OVER GERD RISING WATER LEVELS

Written by on July 19, 2020

The Egyptian foreign ministry has demanded “urgent clarification” from Ethiopia after conflicting reports on whether it had started filling the reservoir of its giant dam on the Blue Nile River.

Ethiopian state television had reported that the filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) started on Wednesday, a day after talks with Egypt and Sudan on the hydroelectric project, the largest in Africa, stalled.

The two downstream countries have been seeking a legally binding deal on the operation and filling of the dam before the latter begins.

Later on Wednesday, Seleshi Bekele, Ethiopia’s minister of water, irrigation and energy, denied Addis Ababa was filling the reservoir, saying water levels behind its wall had increased naturally due to seasonal, heavy rainfall.


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