Ethiopia Agrees to Delay GERD Filling

  • Ethiopia Agrees to Delay GERD Filling

Ethiopia Agrees to Delay GERD Filling

Egypt argues that it is entitled to a 55.5 billion cubic meter annual quota of the Nile's water under a 1959 agreement with Sudan, but Ethiopia does not recognize the accord.

The committee will also include leaders of Kenya, Mali and Kongo, as well as global observers - which include the U.S., the EU and South Africa, the current chairman of the African Union.

Ethiopia's government says its $4bn project on the Blue Nile will provide power to its more than 100 million citizens and create huge opportunities for its economy.

According to the statement, Ramaphosa expressed his aspiration to intensify coordination between the two countries during the coming period, added Radi, noting that the South African President praised the honest and constructive political will that Egypt has always shown to reach a solution to the dam crisis.

Ramaphosa said on Twitter, 'The Bureau of the African Union Assembly convened an extraordinary meeting last night to facilitate negotiations between Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan on the finalisation of the GERD'.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's office said the three countries have agreed to continue dialogue and reach a deal within the next two weeks.

Egypt and Sudan said Ethiopia would refrain from filling the dam next month until the countries reached a deal.

The summit, which was held virtually, saw the leaders of the three countries - President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdouk and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed - agree to restart stalled negotiations and form a committee of experts to finalise a binding agreement over the controversial dam within the next few weeks.

Since June 9, the three countries have been holding regular video meetings to discuss issues related to the filling and operation of the GERD in the presence of three observers from the United States, the EU Commission and South Africa.

Ethiopia criticised Egypt for detailing its grievances over the dam in a May letter to the UN Security Council - a move it described as a bad faith attempt to "exert external diplomatic pressure".

"Egypt's vision in this regard is represented in the importance of returning to negotiation. while working to create an environment conducive to the success of these negotiations through Ethiopia's pledge not to take any unilateral step", Sisi said, according to state media.

Egypt previously made a decision to request the United Nations Security Council's intervention in the dispute on Ethiopia's massive dam, after Egypt had said several times that the two countries have reached a deadlock. Three years later, a series of tripartite talks between the two countries along with Sudan began to reach an agreement while Ethiopia continued the dam construction.

The Nile is a lifeline supplying both water and electricity to the 10 countries it snakes through.