EU supports direct talks between parties over Ethiopia’s Nile dam

EU supports direct talks between parties over Ethiopia's Nile dam

Khartoum (UNA-OIC) – The European Union has affirmed that it stands at the same distance from the three countries currently negotiating the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) to reach a fair agreement on the Nile mega project.

Head of Delegation of the European Union to Sudan Ambassador Robert van den Dool said on Monday in a press conference via video conference that the EU does side with any party regarding the ongoing conflicts in the Central African region. He pointed out that the bloc, as in the case of the GERD negotiations, seeks a peaceful solution to this dispute.

The EU official said that things might be easier if Sudan were to find the region free of disputes with neighbors over borders and water, but the country found the current complicated situation.

With regard to the current situation of the negotiations on the Ethiopian dam, he said the EU supports Sudan and has persuaded the concerned parties to sit down and negotiate with each other directly, and to avoid the involvement of parties outside the region in these issues.

The ambassador assured that the role of the EU is to be a partner that calls on the other parties to negotiate directly with each other and avoid the involvement of other parties. He also affirmed that the EU has contributed to persuading the concerned parties to respond to Sudan’s recent call for negotiation.

The parties reached a deadlock in the latest round of negotiations last week after Ethiopia insisted to begin filling the dam’s reservoir in July even without an agreement with Egypt and Sudan.

Egypt referred the issue to the United Nations Security Council, warning that filling the reservoir without an accord would violate the Declaration of Principles signed by the three countries in Khartoum on 23 March 2015.

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