Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and his visiting Ethiopian counterpart Sahle-Work Zewde on Friday said the discrepancies surrounding the construction of the Nile power dam project should be solved by Africans and not external forces.
The two leaders, according to a State House statement issued here said issues among the riparian countries need to be solved under the framework of African solutions to African problems.
The Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde was in Uganda on a one-day visit to brief Museveni on the U.S. mediated talks between Ethiopia and Egypt regarding the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) in Ethiopia.
Museveni said there is need to urgently convene a summit of the Nile Basin Commission so that the heads of state have a frank discussion on the issues of the Nile. He said River Nile waters need to be used equitably and sustainably among the riparian states.
Zewde welcomed Uganda’s ratification of the Cooperative Framework Agreement (CFA), noting that with the country’s ratification, an additional two ratifications would facilitate the entry into force of the agreement.
Some of the upstream countries in 2010 signed the CFA seeking to use more waters of the Nile.
Ethiopia declined a U.S.-sponsored ministerial meeting with Egypt and Sudan in Washington in late February to conclude a deal over the rules of filling and operating the GERD.
While Ethiopia, an upstream Nile Basin country, eyes benefits from the dam construction, downstream Egypt is concerned it might affect its 55.5-billion-cubic-meter annual share of Nile water. Enditem