Nile Basin states may resolve difference through negotiations

09:21, August 24, 2010      

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Nile Basin countries have built adequate confidence and trust amongst themselves over the years through the Nile Basin Initiative transitional arrangements, the existing difference may conveniently be resolved through further negotiations, a senior Tanzanian government official has said.

Washington Mutayoba, director of Water Resources in the Ministry of Water and Irrigation made the remarks in a recent written interview with Xinhua through email for the ministry Permanent Secretary Christopher Sayi.

"It should be noted that presently all parties agree to the formation of the Nile River Basin Commission. The existing single difference in opinion concerning water security in the Cooperative Framework Agreement (CFA) document should not obstruct the establishment of the Commission and that the remaining issue may conveniently be resolved through further negotiations," said the official.

The Tanzanian official also dismissed the notion of confrontation over Nile waters.

On the Tanzanian government's suggestion for the solution to the dispute of Nile River water resources for better cooperation and development, Mutayoba said, "the Nile River Basin is a shared water resource among the 10 sovereign states, namely Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, and Egypt. After 10 years of negotiations the Nile Basin members have developed a Cooperative Framework Agreement (CFA), which accommodates the principles of the well established rules of International Law for the common shared resources."

"Tanzania strongly feels that it is highly desirable for members to collectively sign the Nile River Basin Cooperation Framework Agreement (CFA) and expeditiously establish the Nile Basin Commission based on the agreed negotiated legal principles and continue to seek an appropriate approach for resolving any outstanding issues in the CFA," he said in the email.
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