The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (Reuters)
Brussels (UNA-OIC) – European Envoy to Ethiopia and Sudan Beka Havistan stressed the importance of reaching an agreement, even a transitional one, between Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt on the issue of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) before the second filling of the dam in the current summer season.
In a press statement in Brussels, Havistan said the EU believes in its ability, along with the African Union, to help the three countries reach compromise solutions that guarantee the rights of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia. He affirmed the importance of reaching a transitional agreement on the second filling of the dam, pending the final agreement on the various aspects of operating this huge project, which for years aroused the suspicion of Cairo and Khartoum.
The EU official also emphasized the importance of exchanging technical information on the stages of filling the dam, citing Khartoum’s concerns that the flow of water may lead to the destruction of infrastructures in Sudan in case of lack of information. He said the EU can play a positive role and assist, at the political and technical levels, to reach an agreement between the three countries.
Havistan made the statements on Monday on the margins of the meetings of the EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg, where they are discussing the crisis of Ethiopia’s Tigray region and the repercussions of the GERD crisis, among other issues.