Dr Tedros holds talks with Finnish International Development Minister

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Addis Ababa, 3 April 2014 (WIC) - Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr. Tedros Adhanom held discussions with the Minister of International Development of Finland, Pekka Haavisto yesterday.

The discussions covered regional matters, emphasizing on the current situation in South Sudan. Dr. Tedros briefed extensively Haavisto on the ongoing crisis in South Sudan.

He noted that IGAD is working towards finding a lasting peace South Sudan and end violence.

Dr Tedros appreciated the continued support of Finnish government to IGAD and to the ongoing peace process, further adding that IGAD is expediting the process of the deployment of the Prevention and Deterrent Force (PDF) with a mandate of peace making.

On his part, Haavisto noted that Ethiopia is playing a crucial role on regional issues and commended Ethiopia’s effort to stabilize the region.

With regards to the ongoing construction of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), Foreign Minister, Dr Tedros reiterated Ethiopia’s approach which is mainly based on the principles: a win-win approach, equitable and reasonable utilization, no significant harm and genuine cooperation.

He underlined that Ethiopia has repeatedly assured Egypt that the GERD will be used for power generation purposes in a way that takes into account Egypt’s concerns but advances the developmental interests of Ethiopia.