The leaders of the African Union will hold a summit tomorrow Tuesday to discuss the crisis of building Addis Ababa, a controversial dam on the Nile that caused escalation of tension between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan, as the presidency in South Africa announced today, Monday..
The meeting will be held under the auspices of the African Union, which is chaired by South African President Cyril Ramafuza.
The Renaissance Dam has been a source of tension in the Nile River Basin since Ethiopia began construction in 2011.
Egypt and Sudan consider the dam a threat to their vital water supplies, while Ethiopia considers it necessary for development and doubling its electricity production..
A Ramavoza spokeswoman announced that the Office of the Conference of African Union Heads of State and Government will hold a “virtual meeting” to discuss the dam crisis, tomorrow, Tuesday..
“The meeting will be a follow-up to the bureau’s meeting on the dam, which was held on June 26,” the spokeswoman said.
“During the (last) meeting, it was agreed that the conference would continuously assess developments and determine the path forward in the African Union-led process of the Renaissance Dam negotiations,” she said.
Negotiations stalled between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia over the dam, whose construction cost is about 4.6 billion dollars. The officials of the three countries failed to reach an agreement, especially on the mechanism of filling and operating the dam reservoir in a way that does not harm the shares of the downstream countries. Egypt accused Ethiopia of “intransigence.”
The 6600 km long Nile is a lifeline and provides water and electricity to the ten countries that cross it.
Its two main tributaries meet the White and Blue Nile in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, before continuing on its way north to Egypt to flow into the Mediterranean..
The Arab League urged Ethiopia to postpone its plans to fill the dam’s reservoir this month.
The United States called on the three countries to “work together” to resolve their dispute over the project, which, upon completion, will become Africa’s largest hydroelectric dam..
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