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Trilateral Talks on GERD Gets Underway

The Delegations of Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan are holding their fourth round of talks over the Renaissance Dam in Addis Ababa.

The latest trilateral talks aimed at finalizing the guidelines and rules on the first filling and annual operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

Ethiopia’s €3.48-billion hydropower dam project on Abay River, the main tributary of the River Nile, has been a source of diplomatic standoff among three nations ever since its launch in 2011.

The ongoing talks is the fourth their negotiators are holding since Ethiopian and Egyptian leaders agreed to expedite the negotiations to reach a three-way deal on 13 July 2023.

It “will build on the discussions of the previous sessions, and the technical groups’ meeting on Sunday” in a bid to “continue efforts to achieve convergence”, Ethiopia’s chief negotiator ambassador Seleshi Bekele said.

During the negotiations, Ambassador Seleshi said that his country is guided by the 2015 Declaration of Principles (DoP) on the GERD Project.

“In particular, Ethiopia will continue to advocate for consensual outcomes based on principles of equitable and reasonable utilization of the Nile Waters,” he added.