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Dam Changing Dominant Narrative on Nile River, Says UNESCO Int’l Water Cooperation Chair


Addis Ababa July 14/2021 (ENA) UNESCO Worldwide Water Cooperation Chair, Professor Ashok Swain, mentioned the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) has been dramatically altering the dominant narrative to change into the upstream mega hydropower challenge within the historical past of the Nile River.

In an unique interview with ENA, Professor Swain mentioned development of the dam has  enabled  Ethiopia to change into a reputable celebration to the basin in addition to to the negotiation course of.

The professor, who mentioned he has been carefully following the Nile basin for near 30 years, famous that there was not optimistic signal by Egypt particularly to actually have a small infrastructure in Ethiopia. “However now that has utterly modified even on the current UN Safety Council assembly. The downstream international locations have accepted that Ethiopia has the fitting over the water.”

Noting that Egypt and Sudan need to maintain the earlier treaties that had given them a lion’s share of the Nile water, he mentioned, including that  “that is  the magnificent  triumph to Ethiopia.”

“I believe that is the most important achievement of the Grand Renaissance Dam that has been making certain Ethiopia the rightful nation on Nile basin. Really, Ethiopia is all the time a rightful riparian nation. This must be accepted by Sudan and Egypt as a determinant riparian nation,” he identified.

Commenting on the United Nations Safety Council (UNSC) determination that inspired the African Union-led negotiation, the chair lauded Ethiopia’s diplomatic victory.

“Since Ethiopia wants to guard its curiosity, the nation introduced its case very properly. The presentation of Ethiopia particularly was convincing and clarified its place. Because of this, Egypt and Sudan knew they weren’t going to get something out of the Safety Council,” he said.

Acknowledging that Ethiopia goes via a really tough time, the professor famous that  this time GERD is serving as a sure kind of unifying issue throughout the nation.

“That is just about clear that in Ethiopia, regardless of so many challenges, the Grand Renaissance Dam has been enjoying an enormous function in consolidating the unity of residents of the nation on this tough time,” he added.

Because the African Union has been one of the best platform to facilitate the tripartite negotiation of GERD, Professor Swain urged negotiating events to be open and have interaction in a real mediation for lasting resolution.  

“Egypt and Sudan have to simply accept the fact that the negotiation will proceed beneath the facilitation of the African Union. Nonetheless, if the 2 international locations go the opposite means, it is going to be a harmful factor for everyone.”

Saying that this yr is sort of vital because the second spherical filling of the Grand Renaissance Dam, the chair mentioned, including that it’ll create normalization with a purpose to maintain persevering with the opposite 5 rounds of dam filling.  


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