In the absence of an agreement on the Renaissance dam that Ethiopia intends to build on the Nile, Egypt appear set to approach international court of Justice.
Speaking on the floor of the parliament on Wednesday, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry accused Ethiopia of ignoring an agreement and going ahead to fill up the Renaissance Dam.
He called on the international community to immediately intervene in the matter and find a solution that satisfies all parties involved in the crisis.
At a cost of $ 4 billion, this project is supposed to be the largest dam in Africa with a capacity of 6,000 megawatts (the equivalent of six nuclear reactors).
Ethiopia hopes the dam will be fully operational by 2022 and will help the country become the continent’s biggest exporter of electricity.
Egypt has long been opposed to the project as it relies on the River Nile for around 90% of its fresh water.