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UN position in Ethiopia dam negotiation praised

Addis Ababa, Jul 9 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations recommended resolving the dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) under the leadership of the African Union (AU), a position welcomed in Ethiopia and highlighted by the media on Friday.

Most of UN Security Council countries on Thursday advised the authorities of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia to agree on how to exploit the dam solely through AU-led negotiations.

Ethiopia, in a letter addressed to the UN, rejected the intention by the League of Arab States to intervene in the matter and criticized the Egyptian and Sudanese Governments for trying to bring the issue to the Security Council.

FANA Broadcasting Corporate highlighted the statements at the Council by the representatives of China, Kenya and Russia, which encouraged to reach an agreement as soon as possible and initiate programs to use the Nile River waters to benefit the riverside nations.

That governmental step was supported by several protesters in New York, the United States, where they rejected the GERD inclusion in the agenda of the UN executive body and called to respect the Ethiopian right to take advantage of its natural resources.

Since its construction began in 2011, the dam has caused disagreements especially between Ethiopia and Egypt, and although talks along with Sudan to determine how to exploit it started in 2014, their differences remain unresolved.