Nile dam project: Talks stall between Egypt and Ethiopia

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Egypt has accused Ethiopia of being “unfair” in talks over a massive dam project. The impasse has occurred due to technical aspects related to the filling and operating of the multi-billion dollar project.

Negotiations between Cairo and Addis Ababa over a Nile dam being built by Ethiopia have stalled, Egypt said on Monday.

Egypt, which relies almost entirely on the Nile for agriculture, industry and domestic water use, is concerned that the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) will damage its share of the river.

Ethiopia rejected Egypt’s proposal over rules on the filling and operating of the dam, Egypt’s Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation said.

Egypt said the East African country had “summarily rejected” its plan for key aspects of the operation while claiming Ethiopia’s overtures were “unfair and inequitable.”

The two nations held talks in Cairo and Sudan on Sunday and Monday, but they appeared to be fruitless as they did not address any “technical aspects,” according to the Egyptian ministry.

Map of the Nile and the dam's locationIn this graphic we see the Nile’s path and the location of the planned Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

Further talks on controversial dam

As a result of the stalemate, the irrigation ministry in Cairo confirmed a meeting hosted by an independent scientific group would take place in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum from September 30 to October 3 to further discuss the issue.

“Then, the three ministers will meet again on October 4-5 to agree on the filling and operating rules,” the ministry added.

“Egypt sees the importance that Ethiopia be involved in serious technical negotiations in Khartoum on a basis of goodwill in order to reach an agreement that achieves the interests of the three countries,” it said.

Plans for the $4-5 billion (€3.6-4.5 billion) GERD were announced in 2011 but Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said that no breakthrough had been made over the hydroelectric construction since 2015.

Last year the chief of the operation, a centerpiece for Ethiopia’s drive to become Africa’s biggest power exporter, was shot dead in Addis Ababa.

Ethopia’s mega dam

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2 Responses to Nile dam project: Talks stall between Egypt and Ethiopia

  1. Talks stall over what? For which thing owns by whom? The genie is already out of the bottle!!! It ain’t the 1920’s, 50’s or the 1900’s either!!! Every pact in the past that involves the River Nile was reached between a bunch of bigots. They didn’t even say ‘excuse me’ to sole owner of the Blue Nile, our old country, which was a vividly sovereign nation standing right under their noses at the time they cooked up the so-called treaty. It ain’t the good ole days anymore. Their worst nightmare is no more to be ignored. Every proud abd(nigga) in the hood is standing tall to reclaim what was stolen away behind his back. As I have said many times before, if Egypt resorts to its old time tricks and try to bully everyone in the hood, it will run the risk of triggering an earth shattering earthquake. Such a massive earthquake will in turn unleash a course changing alluvial tsunami in which rivers will be forced to flow backwards. Instead of west they will flow eastward and instead of south they will flow northward. You know what I mean? Egypt!! Itadub!!!

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    Ittu Aba Farda
    September 18, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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  2. Dear Ittu , I agree with you. Why wouldn’t Egypt recall the shame it suffered in 1875 and 1876 while trying to encroach and violate the sovereignty of Ethiopia related to Abay /Blue Nile/ River? Why is Egypt stick to the unequal treaties designed in 1920s and later by the then their colonial father/Britain/ rather for mutual and equal interests of the sisterly countries and peoples of Egypt, the Sudan and Ethiopia? Why is Egypt becoming extremely selfish towards monopolising the Nile rather than considering the needs of millions of needy Ethiopians just stuggling to alleviate poverty? Doesn’t Ethiopia have the right to utilize the natural resource towards industrialisation as Egypt? We belive that what had been prophesied in the Holy Bible thousands of years ago is inevitable!! Nile should equally benefit human_beings here and there on common understandings. No place for selfishness, instigated by the Egyptian chauvinists !!

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    Zeleke
    September 22, 2019 at 11:55 am
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