Egypt has voiced its displeasure on the filling of the controversial Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam after it received an official notice from Ethiopia.
The huge dam on Ethiopia’s Blue Nile when completed is set to be Africa’s largest hydroelectric project and is the source of an almost decade-long diplomatic standoff between Ethiopia and downstream nations Egypt and Sudan.
The Egyptian irrigation ministry in a statement late on Monday said the move was “a violation of international laws and norms that regulate projects built on the shared basins of international rivers.”
Ethiopia said the dam is crucial to its economic development and providing power to its population, while Egypt views the dam as a grave threat to its Nile water supplies, and Sudan, is concerned about the safety of the dam and the impact on its own dams and water stations.
The United Nations Security Council is expected to discuss the issue on Thursday.
Ethiopia’s ambassador to Khartoum said on Sunday that Egypt and Sudan already knew the details of the first three years of the dam’s filling, and that the issue should not be brought before the Security Council as it was not a matter of peace and security.