Ethiopia’s Renaissance dam: has diplomacy failed? | Inside Story

It’ll be one of the largest dams in the world when complete, providing water for millions of Ethiopians.
But downstream from Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan say they’ll suffer.
And despite many rounds of negotiations, the countries can’t agree a deal.
The African Union has, for months, tried to mediate between the three.
But despite its efforts, the dispute about Addis Ababa’s construction of a giant hydroelectric dam on the Blue Nile, remains unresolved.
Cairo and Khartoum say the issue could threaten peace and security in the region, and asked the UN security council to intervene before the situation escalates.
But the French envoy to the UN says the world body lacks the legal expertise and there is little it can do.
He’s called on the three countries to go back to the negotiating table
But will they?
And if not, what’s next?
A military confrontation?

Prerenter: Mohammed Jamjoom

Mohammed Girma, Visiting Lecturer at the University of Roehampton.
Nader Noureldeen, Professor of Soil Sciences and Water Resources at Cairo University.
El Sadig Sharfi, professor of engineering faculty at the University of Khartoum.

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