Ethiopia accuses Egypt, Sudan of undermining dam talks


Ethiopia on Wednesday accused Egypt and Sudan of working to undermine the African Union (AU)-led process of trilateral negotiations on the rules and guidelines for the filling and operation of the $5-billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).


Ethiopian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ambassador Dina Mufti in a weekly press briefing said Sudan and Egypt have been on the move to take the negotiations out of the hands of the Pan-African body.


On Tuesday, Sudan raised the issue at the UN Security Council (UNSC) of the GERD's second-year filling that Ethiopia planned to execute this coming July-August, the main rainy season. Sudan told the UNSC that the planned filling poses a security threat.