Ethiopia urges Egypt to refrain from its irrational acts against GERD

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Addis Ababa, 2 April 2014 (WIC) – On the occasion of the 3rd year anniversary of the beginning of the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), Ethiopia again urged Egypt to cease its irrational stance on the dam.
Ethiopian Water, Irrigation and Energy Minister Alemayehu Tegenu said the government and people of Ethiopia commenced the dam in the spirit of defeating poverty and creating economic integration among the Nile riparian countries.
However, Egyptian authorities are currently engaged in advocating unacceptable and unreasonable propaganda against the dam which can harm Ethiopia’s national interest to benefit fairly from its resources.
All the riparian countries except Egypt are supporting the construction of the dam believing that they can also benefit from it, Alemayehu said.
Sudan was opposing the dam at the beginning because of lack of information but now they are supporting the dam as they became aware of its benefit, he said. 
Ethiopia has made clear things from the beginning that the dam is intended to realize its vision of defeating poverty and promoting regional cooperation and friendship.
According to the international panel of experts’ report, the dam has no security problem and real harm on the lower riparian countries rather it will benefit both Egypt and Sudan. 
Hence, Egypt needs to respect the genuine position of Ethiopia for mutual benefit and cooperation. Any stance by Egypt out of the equitable and fair use of the Nile water is unacceptable, he said.
Alemayehu finally expressed his gratitude for all Ethiopians abroad and at home for their wholeheartedly support for the dam.


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