Egypt asks UN Security Council to intervene in dispute with Ethiopia over hydroelectric dam on Nile River

FILE – This satellite image taken Thursday, May 28, 2020, shows the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile river in the Benishangul-Gumuz region of Ethiopia. Egypt wants the United Nations Security Council to “undertake its responsibilities” and prevent Ethiopia from starting to fill its massive, newly built hydroelectric dam on the Nile River next month. (Maxar Technologies via AP, File)

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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.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukry speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at his office, in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, June 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

“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.

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