AU holds Extraordinary Meeting on GERD, urges 3 countries to cease media escalation

Map featuring disputing countries and the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam | Photo: File

June 27, 2020 (Thessherald)–The continental body, the African Union has held a virtual meeting regarding the ongoing negotiations between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, scheduled to be filled within the next two weeks.

“The Extraordinary Meeting of the Bureau of the African Union Assembly was held virtually yesterday on June 26, 2020 on the ongoing negotiations between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt with regards to the first filling and annual operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam,” according to a statement issued by the office of the Ethiopian Prime Minister.

“The meeting was convened by South African President and African Union Chair, Cyril Ramaphosa, with the participation of Heads of State of Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt and members of the Assembly Bureau, The leaders underscored that the Nile and the GERD are African issues that must be given African solutions.”

The Prime Minister’s Office pointed out that the virtual meeting of the AU was crucial and charts the way forward for a final agreement between the three disputing countries.

“The Heads of State of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt provided a statement on the status of the negotiations. The meeting set directions on the way forward, Accordingly, the three countries have agreed to conclude the negotiation and try to reach an agreement within the next two weeks.”

Ethiopia is scheduled to begin filling the GERD within the next two weeks, during which the remaining construction work will continue. It is in this period, that the three countries have agreed to reach a final agreement on few pending matters.

“The meeting also resolved to notify the United Nations Security Council that the African Union is seized of the matter, It also instructed the African Union and members of the Bureau to provide technical support for the negotiations and urged Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt to cease unnecessary media escalation.”

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