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Guterres encourages Member States to reach agreement over
GERD
May 20, 2020
The United Nation (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres through his spokesperson, noted yesterday that “good
progress” is being made in negotiations between the three countries in hopes of achieving a mutually beneficial
agreement: The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). .

Going up along the Blue Nile near the border with Sudan, and under construction since 2011, the $4.5 billion dam –
also known by its acronym GERD - will be Africa’s biggest hydroelectric power plant once completed the spoken
person noted.

The Negotiations centre on the pace at which Ethiopia fills the 74 billion cubic metre reservoir behind the dam and
the impact that could have on water supplies downstream in Sudan and Egypt.Ethiopia is keen to start filling the
reservoir in July.

The Secretary-General underscores the importance of the 2015 Declaration of Principles on the GERD, which
emphasizes cooperation based on common understanding, mutual benefit, good faith, win-win, and the principles of
international law, the spokesman said.

“The Secretary-General encourages progress towards an amicable agreement in accordance with the spirit of these
Principles,” he added.
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