Talks on GERD do not raise hopes

Delegations from Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia came together to discuss the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project, yet no progressive conclusion was achieved.

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On Tuesday, Egypt and Sudan announced that the talks on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), held in Kinshasa, did not raise hopes as no progress was made.

Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia met in the DR Congo to negotiate on the dam project Ethiopia insists on, claiming that it is of vital importance for the country’s economy and power generation.

The Nile, supplying a great of irrigation and drinking water, is highly significant for the surrounding countries.

Last week, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi highlighted that ‘’share of water is a red light for Egypt’’ and a conflict concerning this may lead to instability for the entire region.

Sudan, being a downstream country, is concerned about any possible initiatives that Ethiopia may take, which may lead to water flows through its own dams.

Earlier, the Ethiopian Ambassador to Cairo expressed that Ethiopia has extended the date to fill GERD, so that downstream countries will not be affected by it. The ambassador underlined Ethiopia’s transparency in the process and emphasized the importance of a peaceful solution.

Yet, both Sudan and Egypt express that Ethiopia tends to act unilaterally and that this attitude may be considered as a violation of international law.

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