Addis Ababa: June 30, 2014 (Abaypress) The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam could not be a source of concern for the brotherly people of Sudan.
The Ethiopian Ambassador to Sudan, Yebeltal Aymero, made a press statement regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam to various media outlets in Sudan.
“The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is a hydroelectric dam and the issue is technical, but it is becoming more than just a matter of dialogue and politics,” he said.
He said the Nile Basin covers two-thirds of Ethiopia’s water resources and contributes 86 percent of the Nile to Ethiopia, adding that 65 million Ethiopians are still living in the dark due to power shortages. He said Ethiopia uses its water resources in a fair and reasonable manner and will not cause any significant harm to any partner country. He said Ethiopia has complied with international law and principles and in this regard, Ethiopia is a country of justice and truth.
“Ethiopia and Sudan have a common history and their destiny is intertwined,” he said, noting that they have always been a shield for each other. In this regard, he recalled that just as Sudan is a safe haven for Ethiopians, Ethiopia is committed to peace, stability and unity in Sudan, and has been working peacefully under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) since 1972. He noted that the people of Sudan are well aware of the role played by Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed in the process, which has played an active role in the deployment of peacekeepers in Darfur and Abyei, and the formation of a peace and transitional government in Sudan.
The Ambassador said the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is of great benefit to Sudan and the Sudanese and Sudanese governments have been providing the necessary political, material and moral support for the construction of the dam. In this regard, the he said, “The Sudanese dams will be able to generate full capacity from year to year, the Nile River will have a steady flow to produce and increase production three times a year, the river will be two to four meters higher than it was in the summer and it will have better flow throughout the year as the water level rises in the river, it will reduce the cost of pumping stations, reduce 90% of the sulfur flow into Sudan’s dams, save Sudan’s 50 million Euros per year for silt removal, and save Sudan from low-cost electricity from the Grand Renaissance Dam. “It will not be an exaggeration to say that the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is a Sudanese dam in the Ethiopian territory,” he said.
While the benefits of the dam to Sudan have been confirmed by a study by Sudanese experts, including those in power, it is untrue to say that it is a threat to 20 million Sudanese and Sudanese dams, using the latest technology to ensure the dam’s safety. “It is a clear dam that is being built by a company that is trying to build a number of dams with scientific standards,” said Sudanese Minister of Water, Prof. Yasser Abbas, adding that the safety of the dam is better than the dams in Sudan and Egypt.
He said Ethiopia is ready to share the principle of giving and receiving information on exchange of information. The Ambassador said it was unacceptable for a country that contributes 86 percent of its water resources put pressure not to fill its dam with its own territory, its own money and its own fair share of water.
Recognizing that an agreement between the two countries would be binding on the issue, the so-called binding agreement between Sudan and Egypt would end up with the unfair distribution of water by Egypt and Sudan alone, and would invalidate Ethiopia’s right to Nile water and restrict future development.
The issue is being finalized in negotiations between the three countries, but Sudan and Egypt have deviated from the principles of cross-border use. They will work day and night to take the matter to the Security Council, but in Ethiopia’s view, efforts to create unnecessary pressure will not yield the desired results.
An agreement that would benefit the three countries could be reached through negotiations under the framework of the African Union.