Ethiopia: AU calls for dialogue about Nile river water management

13th Jun 2013

ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua): The African Union (AU) has called on dialogue and cooperation on the issue of the Nile River water management.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the AU Commission, has been following closely the latest developments in the relations between Egypt and Ethiopia over the issue of the Nile River, AU announced in a statement.

Responding to a question regarding the situation between Ethiopia and Egypt, the chairperson said it is important that there should be discussions around the issue in a new context.

“I think it will be important to have discussions that are open that look at how we can have a win-win situation in a new context. Not in the context of the colonial powers but in the context of pan-Africanism and African renaissance. I think if we discuss in that context we should be able to find a solution,” said Dlamini- Zuma.

The statement said the chairperson notes with concern the tension resulting from some of the public statements made recently on the issue.

“The Chairperson of the Commission strongly believes that all Nile basin countries, including the members of the tripartite committee comprising Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan, can cooperate collectively, as they have done in the past, to resolve the issue and agree on trans-boundary water management arrangements,” said the statement.

According to the statement, Dlamini-Zuma recalls the principles enshrined in the AU Constitutive Act and other relevant instruments, which commit member states to uphold the spirit of cooperation, dialogue and good neighborliness, and to settle disputes exclusively through peaceful means.

She expressed the AU Commission’s readiness to provide all appropriate assistance in order to address the challenges at hand and foster mutual understanding and cooperation.

During the press conference the chairperson said: “We think it is possible to have discussions and to come to an agreement that will not harm any part because both countries need the water; both countries need to use the Nile.”

Editor: yan


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