Ethiopia endorses Nile Basin Cooperative Framework Agreement (2)

Addis-Ababa(CakaraNews) Thursday 13 June,2013.The House of People’s Representatives on Thursday unanimously endorsed the Nile Basin Cooperative Framework Agreement.

The endorsement of the Cooperative Framework Agreement (CFA) makes the utilization of the River to be established on legal basis. After ERTA post this tory, BBC reports "Most of the upstream countries have approved it through their parliaments," Ethiopian government spokesman Bereket Simon told Reuters.

"We delayed it as a gesture of goodwill to the people of Egypt until a formal elected government was in place. "We have a principled stance on the construction of dams. We are determined to see our projects brought to completion." According to the agreement, ratification by six countries will allow implementation. The CFA enables the establishment of the Nile Basin Commission which was initiated by the Nile Basin Initiative.

The Commission would work to achieve sustainable socioeconomic development through equitable utilization of, and benefit from, the common Nile Basin water resources. Ethiopia had extended the ratification process for Egypt to form a permanent government.

The CFA was signed by Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania in May 2010 and by Burundi a year later. The signing of the agreement was kept open in the hope that Sudan and Egypt would also join it.