Ethiopia will continue promoting principle of equitable utilization of Nile: MoFA

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Addis Ababa, 26 February 2014 (WIC) – Ethiopian will continue promoting the principle of the equitable and fair utilization of the Nile River, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said.

While briefing journalists on current issues here today, MoFA Spokesperson, Ambassador Dina Mufti said Ethiopia has a firm stand on the fair use of the river among the riparian countries.

“The upper riparian states have the right to use the Nile for their development as far as it doesn’t cause any significant harm on the lower riparian countries and that is why Ethiopia is building the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GRED),” he said.

Ethiopia will continue building the dam and Egypt’s request to pause the construction of the dam is unacceptable, he said.

The government of Egypt has no alternative but to move quickly and start discussions with all Nile countries about using the waters in the best interest of all, he said.

Ambassador Dina added that Ethiopia would continue to play its role towards contributing to the peace and stability of the Horn of African region.

In addition to finding solution for the current crisis in South Sudan, Ethiopia is playing its part for the prevalence of durable peace and security in Somalia through deploying its troops, he said.

According to Ambassador Dina, rival factions of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) are here in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for further peace talks.