The Ambassador of Ethiopia: the need for US participation in negotiations on the dam, and no
The necessity of U.S. involvement in the negotiations between Addis Ababa, Khartoum and Cairo is under construction on the Blue Nile dam "Revival" (Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam - GERD) no, said in an interview with RIA Novosti, Ambassador of Ethiopia to Russia, to Alemayehu Tegegn of Aargau.
He recalled that the US had previously made at the tripartite talks, some rounds of which took place in Washington, in the role of observer. "From the very beginning the US was not a mediator. USA acted as the observer. Now there is no need for US involvement, since the negotiations are held under the auspices of the African Union. African issues - the African solution," the diplomat said.
Aargau stressed that "the best format of negotiations on the dam – with the mediation of the African Union". "The participation of other players we don't need", - he said.
In his opinion, "there is no reason to make these trilateral talks outside Africa". "The next round of talks will be announced by the Chairperson of the African Union, the President of South Africa. They can pass in Cairo, Addis Ababa, Khartoum", he said.
Thus Aargau added that most of the events relating to the dam, taking place in Addis Ababa, so it's best to hold these meetings in the Ethiopian capital. "However, based on past experience, we can meet in the capitals of the three countries," he said.
Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan in the first half of June resumed its suspended in February talks on Ethiopian dam on the Nile. Since the beginning of July, the dialogue is mediated by the African Union.
Ethiopia is implementing a large-scale project of the construction of the dam in 2012. Its launch, according to experts, will inevitably lead to water shortages in the Sudan and Egypt, located downstream. Since the beginning of the construction of the three countries have already held over a dozen meetings in order to resolve the water allocation issues and to start a new object, but differences remain.
The full text of the interview is available on the website ria.ru at 12.00 GMT.