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Ethiopia, Sudan & Egypt Adopt Terms of Reference for Observers

The tripartite negotiation on the Guidelines and Rules for the first filling and annual operation for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) continued for the third day on Thursday, said Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy.

Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt in their meeting held via video-conference in the presence of the observers resulted to adoption of the terms of reference for the observers that was discussed and agreed on the previous day.

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It has also been agreed to compare the exchanged documents and focus on the upcoming negotiation on the outstanding differences, the Ministry said in a statement.

Under the Chairmanship of Ethiopia, the three countries have deliberated on issues of concern on the first filling and annual operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

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They also exchanged views on the Guidelines and Rules Ethiopia shared with the two downstream countries and the proposal by Sudan.

Ethiopia reiterated the need for the three countries to focus on and approach the negotiation with good faith and commitment to achieve a win-win outcome, the statement stated.

Ethiopia also underlined the only avenue for a result that serves the mutual benefit of the peoples of the three countries lies in technical negotiation, it added.

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The negotiation will reconvene on Saturday, 13 June 2020, with the chairmanship of the Sudan.

(ENA)

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