Ethiopian Press Agency (Addis Ababa)

2 November 2012

Ethiopia: Better to Reap Cooperation Fruits

editorial

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the effort to make the Nile source of cooperation would continue being exerted in accordance with the plan set together with the riparian countries.

This was stated when the Ministry presented its 2005 fiscal year plan to Foreign, Defence and Security Affairs Standing Committee of the House of Peoples' Representatives Wednesday.

It is possible to say that the development of the Nile Basin states depends on sense of co-existence and willingness to effectively utilize the shared resource. It is also well recognized that the upper riparian states have not been so fortunate while the lower riparian states have flourished from the benefits derived from the Nile. Efforts exerted towards consolidating mechanisms to bridge the gap and help all the reptilian enjoy the common resource. In doing so, it would be easy to help all states tap Nile waters to their benefit.

These days, as it was observed in the past, utilization of the Nile remains dramatically uneven. For instance, Ethiopia, which contributes over 85 per cent of the river, has so far made no benefit.

Be that as it may, Ethiopia is for sure predisposed to any mutually beneficial developments for the river. As it has been clearly stated, Ethiopia's plans for the river will provide other riparian countries particularly Egypt and the Sudan with significant advantages.

Needless to say, the Ethiopian government is committed than to mutually utilize the Nile water whatever the propaganda any other nation produces. Obviously, Ethiopia is working towards maintaining and safeguarding Horn and neighbouring countries peace. And it has been known for its immense contribution to the peace and tranquility of the Horn of Africa.

Equally importantly, the nation has exerted its utmost effort towards fair utilization of the Nile water though cooperation and mutual understanding. Ethiopia's idea needs to be well entertained by its counterparts so that ensuring fair shared resource would be easily made a reality. Undeniably, cooperation matters more!

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