Ethiopia started to fill Hedasi Dam for the second time: There was a reaction from Egypt

Egypt brings Hedasi Dam debate to UNSC

Before the UNSC meeting, which is expected to take place tomorrow at the request of Egypt and Sudan, the Cairo administration increased its diplomatic traffic.

In a written statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it was stated that Shukri met with the representatives of Russia, China, USA, England and France at the UNSC in New York.

Emphasizing that the UNSC must fulfill its responsibility to reach an agreement in the dam crisis, Shukri said that this should be a fair, balanced, legally binding agreement on filling and operating the dam, and protecting the water rights of the three countries (Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan). expressed.


France’s UN representative, Nicolas de Riviere, in his previous speech on the occasion of his country’s takeover of the July term presidency of the Security Council, said that he could not resolve the dispute regarding the Hedasi Dam because it was outside the scope of the UNSC’s mandate.

Regarding Riviere’s statement, Shukri said, “This is the position of the representative of France, not the UNSC.” had evaluated.

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) convened in June 2020 regarding the Hedasi Dam and called on Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan to resolve their conflict through dialogue.


The Egyptian Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation announced on 5 July that they had received an official letter from Seleshi Bekele, Ethiopian Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, stating that his country had started the second filling process of Hedasi Dam.

In the letter sent by the ministry in response to Ethiopia, it was emphasized that Cairo rejected this “unilateral step” and warned about the regional and international repercussions of this.

Negotiations on the Hedasi Dam between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have been unsuccessful for 10 years.

Hedasi Dam, 80 percent of which has been completed so far, is of great importance because it is built on the Blue Nile River tributary, which feeds the Nile 85%, in a region close to the Sudan-Ethiopia border.

While the Addis Ababa administration insists on filling the dam despite not reaching an agreement with Egypt and Sudan, the Cairo and Khartoum administrations emphasize that a tripartite agreement should be reached first so that the annual share of Nile water per partner country is not affected.

The first filling process in the dam was carried out in July 2020, despite the reactions.

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