Ethiopia will not sign any agreement that restricts its fair and reasonable use of Nile water – Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy
Egypt and Sudan have blocked the outcome of a meeting of foreign ministers and water ministers in Kinshasa, Congo, Kinshasa said on Monday.
He said the idea that the dam should not be completed without an agreement between the two countries was unfounded and violated Ethiopias right to use its natural resources.
Although Ethiopia has repeatedly been ready to agree on a deal to fill the dam and its associated drainage system, Egypt and Sudan have been adamant that negotiations and results on the dam will limit Ethiopias share of water and establish a binding water supply.
At the meeting, it was agreed that the three observers (South Africa, the United States and the European Union) should continue as observers, and their role was discussed extensively. Ethiopia has agreed to allow the three countries to submit proposals only when requested by consensus.
Egypt’s and Sudan’s observers’ proposal for equal participation with the African Union was rejected. This approach undermines the role of the African Union.
“Ethiopia will not sign any agreement that imposes a fair and reasonable right to use the Nile water now and in the future,” he said.
The Foreign Ministry of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) have agreed to accept the draft resolution.
The Ethiopian government commends the efforts of the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the current chair of the African Union, Felix Chasekedi, and his team to continue the negotiations, the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy said in a statement.
Ethiopia is ready to pursue a tripartite negotiation process that will ensure the full ownership of the countries and fully fulfill the role of the African Union.