Final round of Nile dam talks conclude with no agreement

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Sileshi Bekele, Ethiopia’s Minister for Water and Energy,

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — The fourth and final round of talks between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan on Ethiopia’s construction of a controversial dam on the Nile River dam has concluded on Thursday without an agreement.

The two days of negotiations in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, of top officials from the three countries were hoped to reach agreements on technical issues related to the $4.6 billion dam that Ethiopia is building along the Nile River, which flows into Sudan and Egypt.

“The Egyptian delegation came up with a new matrix for the dam filling process,” Sileshi Bekele, Ethiopia’s Minister for Water and Energy, told reporters. He said that Egypt asked Ethiopia to extend the time it takes to fill the dam from 12 years to 21 years.

“This was not acceptable to us at all. I don’t think the Egyptian delegation was in a spirit of reaching an agreement when they came here for this meeting,” said Bekele.

Egypt wants the dam to be filled more slowly in order to reduce the restriction on the flow of the Nile through Egypt, which depends on the river for the irrigation of its agriculture.

The Ethiopian minister disclosed that his country will nonetheless start filling the dam in July 2020 at the start of the country’s rainy season.

“We have narrowed our differences on many other issues, including the drought mitigation strategy,” he said. However, he complained that the Egyptian delegation had an attitude that “this dam was not necessary for Ethiopia.”

The water and energy ministers from the three countries are now expected to meet in Washington D.C. on Monday to report on the progress they made so far. The United States and The World Bank observers to the talks.

Elias Meseret,
The Associated Press

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3 Responses to Final round of Nile dam talks conclude with no agreement

  1. 1) Dawit Endeshaw and Elias Meseret are the number one enemy of the people of Amhara and Ethiopia. They reports to Reuters and AP only when something little happen in the Amhara region. Nothing about what has been unfolding in the Oromia region. No wonder he has been prestituting with TPLF’s dog, Ethiopian reporter, for many years.
    2)The editors in Reuters are so influenced by Arab Money that they lie that “Ethiopia had agreement with Egypt over sharing its water befor”, among others, citing a wishful treaty between Sudan and Egypt to own the Blue Nile in which Ethiopia wasn’t a part. Again, Dawit, is part of the publication. They are the ones who write, or hone, the stories but they cite him as a reporter. Giulia Paravicini, Dawit Endeshaw
    3 MIN READ

    January 10, 2020 at 4:25 am

  2. I think it is time now for a 3rd party to come as a mediator and find a median way for these two countries. Sudan also has a stake in this. What I would like to see western countries like the USA to come in and assist the old country in finding alternatives to meet its energy needs like power generated by nuclear reactors as it was done for Japan others Asian countries known as tiger economies. Nuclear reactors have come a long way in their safety records since the Three Mile Island and Chernobyl disasters. It is the safest and more reliable than the hydro ones. The old country is not sitting on active fault line to worry about catastrophic earthquakes. The fuel for such reactors cannot be easily weaponized. So with the stringent oversight it is perfectly safe. I hope all three stakeholders will put aside raw emotions and wise up to come up with amicable solution. Bullying ain’t gonna work. Stubbornness will be counterproductive and not one single young man should lose his life in a senseless conflict where Egypt will end up bringing catastrophic consequences on its innocent civilians. Egypt is allegedly working to keep its 42 billion of whatever standard weight it is using but it may end up losing it all. Sudan will be devastated by the consequences of Egypt’s bullying tactics. Also my other niggaaz in the hood will not sit idle either. USA should intervene and mediate these two stubborn parties.

    Ittu Aba Farda
    January 10, 2020 at 2:00 pm

  3. Egyptians are joking on life of more than 100 millions Ethiopians; in which most of it still unable to feed themselves at least twice a day and struggle to fight poverty. It is shame to come with such delaying strategy.

    We don’t expect to get success by USA mediator as still they believe the dam may not be a priority issue to Ethiopia. So Ethiopia shall persist on its stand until Egyptians come to agreement.

    No way, no compromise to complete the project.

    Long live to Ethiopia!!

    Yetesfa Chilanchele
    January 10, 2020 at 9:45 pm

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