June 12, 2020
Ethiopia’s Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy has released latest update on the tripartite talk on the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
An agreement has been reached on the terms of reference for the role of observers, according to the Ministry. As reported on Wednesday, the European Union, South Africa and The United States of America are participating in the talk as observers.
The Ministry also said that an agreement is reached to “focus on the upcoming negotiation on the outstanding differences.” And Ethiopia has requested negotiating parties to approach the talk in good faith and with a vision for a win-win solution.
Negotiators from the three countries (and observers) have a day off on Friday. And the talk will continue on Saturday.
The statement from the Ministry is quoted below:
THE MINISTRY OF WATER, IRRIGATION AND ENERGY
11 JUNE 2020
Addis Ababa (11 June 2020): The tripartite negotiation between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt on the Guidelines and Rules for the first filling and annual operation for the GERD continued for the third day on Thursday, 11 June 2020, via video-conference in the presence of the observers.
Under the Chairmanship of Ethiopia, the three countries deliberated on issues of concern on the first filling and annual operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. They also exchanged views on the Guidelines and Rules Ethiopia shared with the two downstream countries and the proposal by Sudan.
Ethiopia reiterated the need for the three countries to focus on and approach the negotiation with good faith and commitment to achieve a win-win outcome.
Ethiopia also underlined the only avenue for a result that serves the mutual benefit of the peoples of the three countries lies in technical negotiation.
Today’s meeting resulted to adoption of the terms of reference for the observers that was discussed and agreed on the previous day. It has also been agreed to compare the exchanged documents and focus on the upcoming negotiation on the outstanding differences.
The negotiation will reconvene on Saturday, 13 June 2020, with the chairmanship of the Sudan.
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Sudan and Egypt are only receiving 3.7% of the Nile basin water. Ethiopia needs electricity but has far more water than its people can ever use. Sudan and Egypt would like to see Ethiopia develops and will benefit from a developed and advanced Ethiopia as all three countries are African and can share resources and trade. Ethiopia’s position is about power on more than 150 million Africans living in Sudan and Egypt. The Ethiopian government and its media made it look like water is an issue for Ethiopia, when it is not. Water, however, is a matter of life and death for Sudan and Egypt. The people of Sudan and Egypt did not divert the Nile to their countries, it was the mighty creator that provided them with less than 4% of the Nile basin water and provided Ethiopia with 96% of the Nile basin water. Ethiopians: Thank the mighty and make peace. Ethiopian news media talks about “Colonial era” agreements, when in fact Ethiopia was not colonized but had a few years of Italian occupation, in which no treaties between Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia were crafted. Please get your facts straight.
Ethiopians: Live and let live.