National Association for the Defense of Rights and Freedoms (NADRF) calls on the members of the UN Security Council to adopt the Tunisian draft resolution of the issue of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and its repercussions
In a letter to the members of the Security Council, the National Association for the Defense of Rights and Freedoms called for the adoption of the Tunisian draft resolution to pressure in the direction of renegotiation between the three parties “Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia” to quickly reach a binding legal agreement to fill and operate the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, as NADRF confirmed Continuing negotiations for 10 years without reaching an agreement would increase tension in the region, exposing about 260 million people to great danger, and that the Security Council must assume its responsibilities in order to protect lives. NADRF also attached a summary of the study it issued in cooperation with the Paradigm International Center for Studies in Geneva to inform the members of the expected risks and rooting the problem and the proposed solutions entitled “The Renaissance Dam … justice in development … proposed solutions to avoid the worst scenario.”
And the text of the message was as follows:
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In the light of the failure of negotiations over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam GERD, which lasted for 10 years, the National Association for the Defense of Rights and Freedoms” NADRF “is deeply concerned with the disastrous consequences threatening peace and security in Africa as a result of the disagreement of downstream countries in one side “Egypt and Sudan”, and upstream country “Ethiopia” in the other side.
It is critical for United Nations Security Council to take takes the swift action necessary to protect peace and security in these countries and the whole region that will inevitably be affected as a result of the continuation of disagreement.
As a result, NADRF calls on Security Council immediately to develop rapid response capability in order to identify the steps needed to address and deter future consequences of this tense situation, which urge the concerned countries to renegotiation and conclude with a binding agreement on filling and operation the GERD.
The only way to solution is to demand Ethiopia to stop taking any unilateral measures may increase tension in the region, and not deal with this crisis with a fait accompli.
NADRF stresses that one of the most important mechanisms of the Security Council, for which it was established, is to resolve conflicts that could threaten lives of millions, as this crisis threatens lives of more than 260 million people in concerned countries.
Finally, NADRF calls on Security Council to adopt the Tunisian draft resolution and demand Ethiopia to stop filling the dam’s reservoir and set a specific time frame for negotiations.
Find attached an executive summary for a study issued by NADRF in cooperation with International Paradigm Center for Strategic Studies based in Geneva, which includes a good select of experts and experienced researchers. It is worth noting that the study was issued in the context of NADRF’s campaign “Save Lives … Save Africa” launched in July 2020 and managed to collect 450 organizations and public figures from Africa.
It is worth mentioning that NADRF holds special consultative status with “ECOSOC“.
The letter was sent to all member states of the Security Council in order to view the executive summary of the study and to see the extent of the expected damage and how to solve it.
The National Association for the Defense of Rights and Freedoms has started the actual steps to address the permanent missions in Geneva also to address the International Council for Human Rights and to try to pressure strongly to hold an emergency session to discuss the crisis of the Renaissance Dam and its impact on the lives of millions and the economic, social and development damage as a result of the continuing tension in the crisis and the failure to reach a binding agreement between the parties.