World Bulletin / News Desk
An Ethiopian official has described as "futile" Egyptian plans to raise objections to Ethiopia's multibillion-dollar hydroelectric dam project before the UN Security Council.
"To even file a complaint, Egypt has to show factual evidence as to the damage that the dam can cause," Feke Ahmed Negash, head of trans-boundary water projects at Ethiopia's Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy, was quoted as saying by the Walta Information Center.
Negash argued that studies conducted by international bodies had shown that the dam "won't cause any considerable problem" to downstream countries.
The project has raised fears in Cairo that the dam could threaten Egypt's historical share of Nile water, which represents the country's primary water source.
In May, Addis Ababa diverted the flow of the river, further raising concerns in Cairo.
A tripartite committee of experts from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan was drawn up in 2011 and tasked with assessing the dam's possible environmental, economic and social impact on downstream countries Egypt and Sudan.
The committee – which includes ten water experts from the three concerned countries, along with international experts – recently called for further study of the safety aspects of the dam's construction and its possible effects on the two downstream states.
Ethiopia, for its part, insists the new dam will benefit Egypt and Sudan, both of which will be invited to purchase electricity generated by it.
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