UN Secretary-General encourages Blue Nile ripparian states to reach agreement over GERD; EU recognises Nile’s strategic importance for Ethiopia

20 May

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

UN chief António Guterres is encouraging Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan to persevere with efforts to overcome their differences and reach agreement on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

(United Nations, New York) The Secretary-General continues to follow closely developments related to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). He notes the good progress in the negotiations between the Arab Republic of Egypt, the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the Republic of Sudan thus far and encourages the three parties to persevere with efforts to peacefully resolve any remaining differences and to achieve a mutually beneficial agreement.

The Secretary-General underscores the importance of the 2015 Declaration of Principles on the GERD, which emphasizes cooperation based on common understanding, mutual benefit, good faith, win-win, and the principles of international law.

The Secretary-General encourages progress towards an amicable agreement in accordance with the spirit of these Principles.

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EU recognises Nile’s strategic importance for Ethiopia

EU leaders encouraged all parties to avoid increased polarisation and continue engaging with a view to finding a mutually beneficial agreement.

APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) The European Union (EU) said it fully recognises the strategic importance of the Nile waters and the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) for Ethiopia.

European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel on Tuesday expressed the Union’s support to Ethiopia in a letter sent to the country’s Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed.

According to a letter seen by APA at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the EU leaders encouraged all parties to avoid increased polarization and continue engaging with a view to finding a mutually beneficial agreement.

The source, who asked to remain anonymous, told APA that the leaders had followed closely the tripartite talks on the GERD and regretted that outstanding issues have not yet been resolved.

They described Ethiopia and Egypt as key partners to EU, and added cooperative relationship between the two nations on the basis of mutual trust is essential for the stability of the entire region.

The EU also expressed its commitment to support and share its wealth of expertise on trans-boundary water management as well as to use every opportunity to encourage all parties to continue negotiating and build on the progress achieved so far.

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