Ethiopia Rejects Outside Mediation in GERD dispute


KHARTOUM (Somaliguardian) – An Ethiopian official said on Tuesday that his government opposes Sudan’s calls for the presence of outside mediators, especially the United States, in the dispute over the Renaissance Dam.

A spokesman for the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dina Mufti, told reporters that “Ethiopia in general opposes the mediation of external parties, although it welcomes the assistance of the African Union in this case”, the Associated Press reported.

“The tripartite talks between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt should be concluded on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam between the three countries themselves, and not through mediators,” Mufti said, adding: “The role of mediators is to facilitate the talks only.”

It comes a day after Sudan urged the United Nations, the United States and the African Union to intervene in Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam crisis.

US State Department has later welcomed resumption of talks on the Nile dam and promised to provide assistance in efforts aimed to end the long-standing dispute.

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