No option for a win-win solution but dialogue: PM Hailemariam

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Addis Ababa, 10 February 2014 (WIC) - Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn said Ethiopia and Egypt haven’t any other option except dialogue and negotiation for a win-win solution.


In his briefing to local and foreign journalists, the premier said Sudan and Ethiopia cast off Egypt’s request to set a new International Panel of Experts.
“The Ethiopian government has the same stand concerning the Grand Renaissance Dam to what it had when the construction was launched,” he said.


Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan have had three round discussions on the recommendations of the International Panel of Experts, the premier said, adding although the meeting failed to meet its objectives due to Egypt’s retreat he believed that the discussion will resume.


Concerning Egypt’s need to take the issue to UN Security Council, Hailmariam said that it won’t have any result as there is no international court responsible to investigate and judge water cases.


The Prime Minister also said the rumor concerning Ethiopia’s land offer to Sudan is baseless that no new border demarcation   has taken place so far.
The Ethio-Sudan border is in place since the reign of Emperor Minilik, he said, adding the government has never offered any piece of Ethiopian land to Sudan.


This issue was reported in 2004, 2009 and 2014, once every five years, at the eve of each national election in a bid to political consumption. 
The government will work diligently to make the coming election free, fair, democratic and  credible, he said, adding that all political parties should organize themselves in that sense.


Concerning Ethiopia’s economy, Prime Minister Hailemariam said that due to the better gains in the agricultural sector, the overall economy is expected to grow double digit this fiscal year.


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