Ethiopia has formed a solution to its dispute with Egypt over the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Grand (GERD) and submit it to Egypt and Sudan as soon as possible, the Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs announced Gedu Andargachew.
In interviews with China Global Television Network and Associated Press Andargachew he denied that Ethiopia intends to use the water of the Nile on their own, but insists it has the right to use responsibly.
A “political commitment” to the “principle of reasonable use of GERD” is needed to Egypt, he said.
Ethiopia is committed to resolving the conflict GERD, demanding fair and serious talks to take place for Ethiopia to return to negotiations under the auspices of the US, added the minister.
Andargachew criticized the agreement reached during the last negotiations as “rash” and would not benefit either party.
He justified the withdrawal of Ethiopia, due to being pressured “to sign the agreement without addressing the main issues of tripartite dialogue in the United States.”
Andargachew also asked the Arab League to maintain good relations between the Horn of Africa and the Middle East.
Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Parliament of Ethiopia also postponed a session that includes Andargachew and participant team for GERD negotiations because of concerns of the coronavirus, according to the website reporter.
“The meeting was intended to hear the current issues and issues of ministers and negotiator regarding the recent statements of the US government and diplomatic pressure permanently mounted against Ethiopia,” Chairman of Foreign Affairs and the Standing Committee Peace Affairs Tesfaye Daba said.
The USA. They announced that Egypt had signed only GERD agreement drawn up, as Ethiopia was absent from the last round of negotiations on February 27-28 Washington.
“In accordance with the principles set out in the declaration of principles, in particular the principles of not causing significant harm to downstream countries, the final test and padding should not take place without an agreement,” the statement of the Department of the Treasury US read.
Ethiopia expressed his disappointment to the statement. In a joint statement issued on Saturday water Ethiopia and the foreign ministers he said the construction of GERD continue as planned with filling the reservoir of the dam.
Egypt has repeatedly blamed the Ethiopian side for the failure to achieve progress in the negotiations.
Ethiopia began construction of GERD in 2011, at a cost of US $ 4.7 billion in total construction. Ethiopia plans to fill the tank with water to power what is expected to become the largest hydroelectric dam in Africa.