Russia willing to mediate dialogue on Ethiopian GERD project
Addis Abeba, (Prensa Latina) The Russian government has expressed its willingness to work with Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan to reach a fair agreement on the filling and operation of the Great Dam of the Renaissance (GERD), which was announced here on Tuesday.
According to an official communication released on Tuesday, the Russian ambassador in this capital, Evgeny Terekhin, expressed the willingness of his government in a meeting with the Ethiopian Foreign Minister, Gedu Andargachew.
Terekhin, as notified by the African country's foreign ministry, recalled his nation's historic relationship with Ethiopia and insisted that helping it solve the conflict over GERD shows that those ties are special.
For his part, Andargachew thanked Moscow for urging Egypt and Sudan to return to the dialogue table and resolve their differences on the basis of the principles of international law.
In addition to Russia, the European Union is also interested in acting as a third party in the dispute over the mega hydroelectric project built on the Blue Nile, which originates here and runs through Sudanese territory, where it joins the White Nile to form the Nile River.
The determination of the mediators is the most recent disagreement between the parties, as Ethiopia requests the presence of the African Union and Egypt insists that the U.S. Treasury Department and the World Bank continue to play that role.
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