Professor Emeritus, Attorney at Law Calls on USA to Revoke “Agreement” on GERD

Addis Ababa, June 17/2020(ENA)The so-called February 28, 2020 “agreement” must be formally countermand and make public before there can be any continued GERD discussions under the U.S. sponsorship, Professor Emeritus and Attorney at Law Alemayehu G. Mariam said.

In an open letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the U.S. based Professor Emeritus and Attorney at Law Alemayehu G. Mariam said “I am writing to share with you my concerns, views and ideas on the U.S. role, and specifically your personal role, in the Washington GERD talks and make specific recommendations consistent with principles of American law and standards of fairness”.

The U.S. must be aware Ethiopia has always sought peace with Egypt in the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) discussions and negotiations and pursued cordial relations in all aspects of its bilateral relations with Egypt, the scholar stated.

The Treasury Department’s diplomatic engagement in the GERD talks is an egregious usurpation of the statutory duties of the State Department, he noted.

Ethiopia has the sovereign right to use its river waters equitably and reasonably and consistent with international law, Alemayehu pointed out.

Citing his doubt on the ongoing negotiation, the professor underlined that the Treasury Department must make public the “agreement” Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan allegedly agreed to sign on February 28, 2020.

The Professor Emeritus and Attorney at Law stressed that before there can be any continued GERD discussions under U.S. sponsorship, the so-called February 28, 2020 “agreement” must be formally countermand.

The scholar pointed out the culpability of the U.S. in interfering on African internal matters. The GERD dispute is between African countries. The U.S. must accede to the principle that “African solutions must be developed for African problems.”

History tells a different story, and regrettably, the U.S. over the past several months has sought to put its thumb on the scale unfairly in favor of Egypt in the GERD talks, Alemayehu stressed.

The GERD is Ethiopia’s 21st century national “rational project”. He further added that Ethiopia only wants to import the ingenuity of America, Europe and others by independently generating hydroelectric power.

Professor Alemayehu urged the U.S. not to be an accomplice in this wicked, relentless and endless military and diplomatic campaign against Ethiopia.

Stressing Ethiopia’s readiness to defend against any evil acts, he underscored that “Ethiopians do not want war with Egypt or anyone else. But if war is imposed upon them, they will fight shoulder to shoulder until hell freezes over and the devil goes ice skating”.

He noted that Ethiopians have a long history of successfully defending themselves and keeping themselves free of European colonialism and no doubt in overthrowing Egypt’s “hydrological colonialism”.


Source: Ethiopia News Agency