by Ayele Addis Ambelu (

In her address at the United Nations General Assembly, President Sahleworf Zawde emphasized that the Nile River should be a common resource for riparian countries, not a source of conflict.

In her speech in Amharic at the 74th summit of the president, the president addressed various issues concerning Ethiopia, and in their conclusion, the Egyptian president responded to concerns expressed by Abyei.

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President Sahle-Work says cooperation in the Nile basin is not an option but a necessity.The President made the remark while addressing the general debate of the 74th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York.

President Sahle-work Zewde made her speech in the official working language of the Ethiopia, Amharic, making her the first to address the UN General Assembly after Emperor Haile Sellassie.

Underscoring the longstanding relationship between Nile Basin countries Sahle-Work said the utilization of Nile should be equitable and fair. The president also said the use of Nile River by Ethiopia strengthens cross border relations between the river stream countries. Salhe-Work reiterated that cooperation is the only option with regard to the use of Nile water.

As part of their tripartite meeting Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt will be meeting the coming month in Kahrtoum for further discussion on the Nile.

In a speech to the United Nations General Assembly last Wednesday, Egypt’s President Abdul Fatah al-Sisi said that the failure to negotiate a dam on the Nile can lead to instability in the region.

In a response to President Egypt’s presidential speech, President Sahlwark pointed out that “the Nile should be a common resource for riparian countries, not a source of doubt and competition.”

The President added that the riparian countries should “work together in coordination and coordination to ensure the common benefit of the Nile River.”

On several occasions, Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has been complaining and protesting about the massive Renaissance Dam that Ethiopia began building on the Nile seven years ago.

“The Nile water is a matter of life and an issue of existence for Egypt,” explained Al-Sisi.

Al-Sisi expressed his county’s hopes for an agreement that achieves a common interest for both parties. 

Still, the World Alliance leaders have lifted the dam at the annual United Nations conference, where they talk about their country and especially international issues.

In his address, the President expressed concern over the years of negotiations that the president is building on the dam.

He added that over the years, beyond the construction of the dam, he told the conference audience that over the years the discussions about water-treatment and management of the dam would not be as effective as they had been intended.

He said if this continued, it would have a significant impact on the stability and development of their countries and on the surrounding countries.

President Al-Sisi said in his speech that Ethiopia has decided to build the dam without adequate research, but that his country has no complaints, but that there has been strong opposition from Egyptian politicians at the time.

Last week, the Ethiopian, Egyptian and Sudanese authorities held a series of bilateral talks on the dam at Cairo, but it is remembered to have been completed without agreement.

The Government of Ethiopia is building the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Nile mainly to generate hydroelectric power, she said.

Nearly, 65 million Ethiopians do not have access to electricity, she said.

“The utilization of the Nile waters offers a unique opportunity for our trans-boundary cooperation between the sisterly countries of the region. It should never be an object of competition and mistrust.”

Ethiopia strongly believes that the utilization of the Nile River shall be based on the principles of equitable and reasonable utilization of natural resources causing no significant harm, she noted.

At the 74th UN General Assembly General Assembly, President Sahlewerw crowned the issue beyond the Nile.

She said Ethiopia has been encouraging the development of a green development program.

Africa also asked for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council.