Colonial era Nile Water Agreements unfair: Ethiopian Ambassador

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Addis Ababa, 5 June 2014 (WIC) - The Ambassador of Ethiopia to Sudan Abadi Zemo has said that the Nile Water Agreements which were concluded under colonial rule were unfair.    

In an interview to Sudan Vision, Ambassador Abadi said the rising population in the area requires an increase in electricity generation and development which entails the amendment of this agreement.     

Ethiopia is building the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) over the Blue Nile (Abay) River and the construction of the dam is being funded by the government and people of Ethiopia, he said.    

So far the cost of construction of the dam reached $1.5 billion, 27% is contributed by the Ethiopian people, he said, and denied any external funding for the project.    

Egypt and Sudan would benefit a great deal from the construction of the renaissance dam, the ambassador said.    

The construction of the dam will turn Sudan into Arab World's breadbasket, Ambassador Abadi said.    

Reacting to Egypt's rejection of construction of the dam, he said the project would not harm any country.     

The dam will benefit Sudan by way of strengthening its economy, he said.   

The ambassador said relations between Sudan and Ethiopia reached advanced stage adding that his country is making efforts to promote national dialogue in Sudan.     

Sudan and Ethiopia are working together in the field of defense and economy, he said, adding that commercial exchange between the two countries reached $300 million compared to less than $3 million over the past years.