UPDATED 7:56 AM PT — Monday, June 22, 2020
Egyptian officials are asking the United Nations Security Council to take action amid an ongoing dispute with Ethiopia over the construction of a hydroelectric dam on the Nile River.
During an interview over the weekend, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukry accused Ethiopian officials of warmongering. This came after Ethiopian officials on Friday said they plan to begin operating the damn in July.
For several years, Egypt has implored Ethiopia not to fill the dam by stressing the country relies on the Nile River for around 90 percent of its water supplies.
Shukry argue that if the United Nations doesn’t step in, it would signal broad international implications.
“We are depositing the issue with the Security Council with the desire that it undertakes its responsibilities,” he stated. “If the Security Council does not undertake its responsibilities, this is even a greater threat to international peace and security.”
Shukry also claimed Egypt will take a decisive and loud stance if they have to handle the situation themselves.