In the midst of the augmenting regional tensions pertaining to Addis Ababa’s Nile River mega-dam project, under the name Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), the United Nations (UN) on June 22, has urged Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan to “work together” to resolve differences.
UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric, said, “We urge Egypt, we urge Ethiopia and Sudan to work together to intensify efforts to peacefully resolve outstanding differences.” Stephane Dujarric also evoked “the importance of the 2015 Declaration of Principles on the dam” that stressed the need for cooperation based on good faith, international law and mutual benefit.
The Nile river dam project has long been the source of tension among the countries. At the behest of Egypt, the League of Arab States Council Ministerial Meeting is scheduled to be held on June 23.
The news has been confirmed by Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on June 22. The meeting aims to tackle the file of the controversial Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and the turmoil in Libya.
If implemented successfully the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) will be the largest hydro-power plant in Africa.