JUBA – The Ethiopian government is appealing to the government of South Sudan to sign the 2010 Nile Basin agreement that is opposed by Egypt and neighboring Sudan in order for the world’s youngest country to secure its equitable share of the Nile water and to guarantee its future developmental needs of the river.
What began as Nile basin initiative in 1999 was signed in 2010 by Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda with exception of Egypt and Sudan who immediately registered their opposition.
Also known as Entebbe agreement, the Cooperative Framework Agreement (CFA) aims to enhance cooperation on the use of the “common Nile Basin water resources.”
Speaking in an interview with the Juba-based Eye Radio on Thursday, Ethiopia’s deputy head of mission to South Sudan, Zelalem Birhan Alemu, said South Sudan needs to sign the agreement for it to ensure that its share of the Nile river are protected.
“We are calling South Sudanese and the officials here to ratify that agreement so that future problem will be averted, and South Sudan needs to have it equitable share within it,” the Ethiopian diplomat said.
“Now economically we are disadvantaged; we don’t have the possibility to build a mega project but when time and opportunity permit, every country would want to use its natural resources,” Birhan stated.