Dam on the Nile: Ethiopia denounces a recent “biased” pro-Egyptist position of the EU
The Ethiopian government on Thursday called on the European Union (EU) to see again “ his recent position biased” in favor of Cairo concerning the Ethiopian mega-dam on the Nile, a source of dispute with the residents of the river located downstream, Egypt and Sudan.
” The statement claiming that the security of Egypt’s water supply was untouchable and could not be tampered with is biased in favor of one party” and ” unacceptable”spokesman for the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dina Mufti told the press.
The European Union ” should review” this position, he said, recalling that the EU had been an observer of the Ethiopia-Egypt-Sudan tripartite negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), located on the Blue Nile which joins the White Nile in Khartoum to form the Nile.
In a joint press release published on June 20 at the end of their Association Council, the EU and Egypt underlined ” the importance of the Nile (…) for Egypt”.
To arrive at ” to a mutually acceptable and binding agreement on the filling and functioning of the Gerd (…) as soon as possible” is an absolute priority for Egypt and the EU in order to ” protect the security of Egypt’s water supply and promote peace and stability in the regionaccording to the press release.
Dina assured Thursday that Ethiopia would continue its policy of not harming any of the Nile riparian countries downstream from the GERD and would like to work in cooperation with them.
Since the launch of the project in 2011, the Gerd has sparked a dispute with Sudan and Egypt, both of which depend on the Nile for their water resources.
Ethiopia officially launched electricity production from the Gerd in February, although Cairo and Khartoum have repeatedly demanded that the filling of the dam be stopped in the absence of a negotiated solution.
The Gerd is presented as one of the biggest in Africa. Its initial production target of 6,500 megawatts has been revised downwards to 5,000 MW, double Ethiopia’s current production. It should be fully operational in 2024.
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