Addis Ababa July 29/2020 (ENA) African Union (AU) is the most effective platform for resolving the dispute concerning the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam (GERD) amongst Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan, UNESCO Chair of Worldwide Water Cooperation mentioned.

The three nations have made main progress on the dispute in talks mediated by the African Union; they usually have agreed to proceed  negotiating to achieve a complete answer.

Worldwide Water Cooperation UNESCO Chair, Professor Ashok Swain advised ENA that dispute on  such growth initiatives as on the Nile River, a trans-boundary useful resource shared by 11 African nations together with Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan, has to get African answer.

In keeping with him,  the United States-led negotiation of the GERD with the World Financial institution didn’t work out because of lack of neutrality.

“We saw what has happened in the US-led negotiation with the World Bank. First of all,  you don’t need to be completely neutral to be a good negotiator but at least need to show that you also protecting the rights of everyone in this cause. I think the previous negotiation did not work out because of this reason,” he identified.

It’s to be recalled that Ethiopia rejected a US-brokered settlement on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam by expressing its disappointment on the assertion issued by the Division of Treasury launched in February 2020 with out its participation.

Acknowledging that Abay is an African river and the water flows within the three member states, the continued tripartite negotiation led by the AU can be taken as a bigger a part of regional  cooperation.

“This negotiation by the African Union will be looked at, possibly by the leadership of all the three countries, as somebody imposing verdict on them. It is somehow a regional organization where these countries are members. Therefore, if the African Union cannot this time get a negotiated settlement, I don’t see anyone else can do it,” he harassed.

Swain, who can be a professor of peace and battle analysis at Uppsala College in Sweden, mentioned the UN Safety Council shouldn’t be the appropriate place to barter about GERD.

When requested whether or not GERD is a safety menace or not, the professor replied that the dam can’t be categorically seen as a menace by UNSC, including that “it is just for domestic consumption by Egypt.”

As it’s a hydropower dam, GERD won’t take away the water from the system and it needs to be checked out everybody gaining from this method, Swain urged.

“The basic thing is that  Ethiopia is not taking the water away from the river. The water is there in the system. Where the water is in the system you just need to provide a platform where the three countries can possibly be assured of using the water and enable them to come together for equitable utilization of Nile River.”

The professor additional said that the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam can even scale back the sediment for the downstream dams and forestall floods in addition to permit correct water management within the basin.


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