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China supports African Union leadership in dam conflict

China supports African Union leadership in dam conflict

Addis Ababa, May 17 (Prensa Latina) China supports the leadership of the African Union (AU) to solve the conflict over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), according to an official communique released on Monday in Addis Ababa.
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We support the negotiation process led by the continental organization, this is the correct way to solve the differences among Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan, Xie Tian, deputy chief of mission at China’s Embassy in Ethiopia, said.

The AU, he commented, is a suitable platform to debate, the three countries must handle the matter peacefully and reach an agreement acceptable to all, under the principle of finding African solutions to African problems.

We know the importance of the GERD project for Ethiopia’s development strategy and we believe that the most reasonable thing to do is to negotiate under the auspices of the AU to achieve a lasting agreement, Xie said.

Since its construction began on the Blue Nile River in 2011, the dam has caused disagreement mainly between Ethiopia and Egypt, and although talks along with Sudan started in 2014, an agreement has not been signed yet.

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