Ethiopia calls on Egypt to refrain from campaigning against GERD

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Addis Ababa, 1 April 2014 (WIC) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia has called on Egypt to refrain from its ongoing campaign against the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
Ministry Spokesperson Ambassador Dina Mufti told local journalists here today that Egyptian officials should abandon the campaign against such a helpful dam not only for Ethiopia but also for the whole region.
The dam will regulate the flow of the water and ensure a steady flow throughout the year, preventing the occurrence of floods downstream in Sudan or Egypt.
However, Egyptian authorities are engaged in an extensive campaign against the construction of the dam.
“Egypt’s campaign against the dam has no ground and it is an unhelpful approach,” he said.
“Egypt has no other option except dialogue and negotiation to provide a win-win solution over the dam,” Ambassador Dina told journalists.
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is under-construction in the Benishangul-Gumuz Regional State on the Blue Nile River in Ethiopia about 40 km  east of the border with Sudan.
Work on the dam was proceeding on schedule and it is now 32 percent complete. At 6,000 MW, the dam will be the largest hydroelectric power plant in Africa when completed.
The 3rd year anniversary of the commencement of the dam’s construction will be celebrated tomorrow in the presence of government officials.    
“The anniversary is a sign of Ethiopia’s success in the diplomatic sector,” Ambassador Dina said.
The dam is the symbol of freedom and self-confidence for Ethiopians, he said.
Ethiopians at home and abroad have been contributing their share to realize the dam, according to Ambassador Dina.