UNITED NATIONS, June 29 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese envoy on Monday called for the peaceful settlement of the dispute between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile.
The utilization of cross-border water resources involves the distribution of interests between upstream and downstream countries, and is therefore highly complicated and sensitive. China holds the view that this should be resolved by the three parties through dialogue and consultation for mutual benefit, said Yao Shaojun, China's acting deputy permanent representative to the United Nations.
African countries have a good tradition of solving regional issues through dialogue and consultation. Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan are all important countries in the region and good friends of China. China sincerely hopes that the three parties will reach a solution acceptable to all through patient dialogue and consultation, Yao told the Security Council.
China hopes that the international community will create a conducive external environment and support the three parties in narrowing their differences through dialogue and consultation in an effort to maintain peace, stability, and development in Africa, he said.
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is currently under construction. The dam is located 15 km east of the border with Sudan. Enditem