European Union External Action

Statement by the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD)

Brussels, 17/07/2020 - 19:48, UNIQUE ID: 200717_19
Statements by the HR/VP

As Chair of the African Union, South Africa has dedicated considerable efforts to finding a solution to the differences among Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt created by the construction and filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). The European Union welcomes this engagement, which deserves unanimous support from the international community.

In the days ahead, the parties will have to work out whether they can come to a collective agreement. If they do, and we encourage them to choose the conciliatory way forward, the benefits could be considerable: trust will be built; tensions diffused; and possibilities renewed for a conducive environment for investment in the development and water security of the entire Basin.

The European Union fully supports a positive outcome for all parties.