Ethiopia’s competing political parties have pledged their commitment to the ongoing construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and all its negotiations.
The Chairman of the Ethiopian Parties Joint Council, Musa Adem, said on Wednesday during a high level conference held in collaboration with the Office of National Council for the Coordination of Public Participation, that the dam will cement the political and social integration of the country beyond generating power.
“GERD is one of the key issues about which political actors take a common stand and would not disagree,” he said.
He reiterated that political parties in Ethiopia are at a crucial juncture when they need to come together and defend the country’s sovereignty.
“GERD has been a symbol of unity and sovereignty. It is high on our list of priority,” he added.
Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew reaffirmed Ethiopia’s stand not to be governed by a colonial treaty and legacy that denies its rights to develop its water resource on the Nile River.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy Sileshi Bekele, who stated that the overall construction of the dam has reached 73.3%, added that Ethiopia will start filling the dam in July, 2020.