Save Lives Save Africa Renewed its just demands to solve the Renaissance Dam crisis In the next mini-African summit
A continuation of the “Save Lives … Save Africa” campaign and its noble goals to preserve lives and establish peace and security in Africa, and stress the importance of reaching a binding legal agreement between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia regarding the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. Which has become a necessary and urgent request after the state of tension between the three parties.
The campaign also affirms that the solution to major crises always comes through negotiations without delay or delay. For more than ten years, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam has created a political and diplomatic crisis between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia, as the downstream countries (Egypt and Sudan) believe that building the dam and filling its reservoirs in a short time may put Egypt and Sudan in a state of water scarcity leading to catastrophic, life-threatening damage. More than 150 million citizens in both countries, in addition to the dangers of desertification, which leads to the destruction of the agricultural area, and leads with it to a wide-scale humanitarian disaster that cannot be treated. Accordingly, the three countries signed an agreement of principles in Cairo in 2015 on the basis of good intentions and joint cooperation between the three parties on the one hand and a commitment not to harm the tripartite interests, which means that the downstream countries agree to build the dam and Ethiopia’s commitment not to complete construction and fill the reservoirs until it ends. Technical studies by international experts, and these studies show the extent of the risks that may occur as a result of that.
In continuation of the efforts of the African Union and international observers to reach an agreement on filling and operating the Renaissance Dam, it is very important to hold a mini-African summit on Tuesday 21 July 2020 to take steps forward and reach a final agreement to be signed by all parties and start implementation measures and defuse the crisis that The entire region may enter into conflicts. The campaign believes that friendly discussion and constructive negotiations save us from all these problems if there is an Ethiopian political will to solve them and avoid popular mobilization. The interest of Africa in general and the three countries in particular affirm that peace and security are the shortest path to development and increase the economy for all. It is worth noting that the talks, which took place during the past week under the auspices of the African Union, in the presence of African, European and American observers, ended without any significant progress in the negotiations on filling and operating the Renaissance Dam.
In light of these dangerous developments, the National Association for the Defense of Rights and Freedoms (Egypt) and the Al-Haq Foundation for Freedom of Opinion and Expression and Human Rights (Egypt) launched a “Save Lives” campaign as a global campaign to pressure the international community to urge Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia to agree to a satisfactory agreement on filling and operating a dam It is worth noting that more than (300) organizations and public figures from (30) nationalities, most of them from Africa and the Arab region, and some other countries from Asia, Europe and the Americas, have joined so far.
In continuation of the pressure exerted by the campaign and in line with the efforts made by the African Union, we have addressed both the President / Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa, the current President of the African Union, the President / Felix Tshisekedi, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the President / Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the State of Kenya, and the President / Ibrahim Abu Bakr Keita, President of the Republic of Mali, in addition to addressing the World Bank and a number of African and international organizations that have an impact on the African and international community. The letters addressed the support of the “Save Lives … Save Africa” campaign for the efforts being made to solve the Renaissance Dam crisis. The campaign demanded in its speech a number of requests, namely As follows :
Ethiopia must immediately cease any unilateral measures taken in filling and operating the GERD.
Appointing specialized international observers to monitor any procedure in filling and operating the Renaissance Dam and preparing periodic reports on the status of the dam.
Finalizing the tripartite agreement, which guarantees Ethiopia’s right to build and operate the Renaissance Dam, taking into account the right to water quotas for the downstream countries (Egypt, Sudan), and ensuring that neither of them is damaged.
The campaign affirms that we are continuing its work in order to save lives on the African continent, and that we seek to establish peace and security on the continent for the sake of Africa’s development and the endorsement and inculcation of the values of democracy and dialogue, which is the main supporter of the development movement and the economic and social reform and welfare of the African peoples
A list of organizations and public figures joining the “Save Lives. Save Africa” campaign can be found here.
Via the following link: https://www.petitions.net/save_lives