Sudan warns Egypt to refrain from stepping up differences on GERD

Moataz Moussa

Addis Ababa: November 28, 2015 – Sudan has warned Egypt to refrain from stepping up differences on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), to take advantage of the Nile’s water alone as it will lead to conflict and confrontation between the riparian states.

“Serious risks” may occur in the case of non-compliance with the Nile Basin countries in issues related to water management, development and exploitation,” Sudanese Minister of Water Resources and Electricity, Moataz Moussa, was quoted as saying by Sudan Tribune.

In order to avoid the worst-case scenario, each state should take advantage of the water of the Nile, he said.

“Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam will ensure the country fully benefits from its share of the Nile water,” he added.

Moussa was speaking at a workshop held in Khartoum on opportunities and challenges of the Nile basin issues.

Last week, Egypt’s Prime Minister Sherif Ismail stated that Egypt still had concerns related to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

Ethiopia repeatedly affirmed that the dam will not harm downstream countries Egypt and Sudan.

GERD, being built on the Blue Nile, about 20 km from the Sudan border, with a storage capacity of 74 billion cubic meters to generate electricity up to 6 thousand megawatts, is now at 48 per cent completion status.

Around 46 billion birr has so far been spent in to the construction of the dam, out of which some 7.6 billion was raised from the public while the remaining amount was covered by the Ethiopian government.

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