US: Egypt, Ethiopia dispute over Renaissance dam escalates

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo makes a speech during the 56th Munich Security Conference at Bayerischer Hof Hotel in Munich, Germany on 15 February 2020. [Abdulhamid Hoşbaş – Anadolu Agency]

The dispute between Egypt and Ethiopia over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam could take “months” to resolve, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned yesterday. Pompeo told reporters at the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa that the two countries were working on “formulating the terms of a final agreement on the dam”. “A great deal of work remains, but I’m optimistic that over the coming months wecan resolve this,” he said.

His comments come as work gets underway to draft the terms of a final agreement on the dam in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. Ethiopian Foreign Minister, Gedu Andargachew, said that there were “outstanding issues that need negotiation.”

Ethiopia is building a $5 billion dam near the border with Sudan it says will provide the country with much-needed electricity and economic regeneration. Egypt believes it will restrict its access to Nile waters. Egypt is almost entirely dependent on Nile water, receiving around 55.5 million cubic metres a year from the river, and believes that filling the dam will affect the water it needs for drinking, agriculture and electricity.

After three-way talks between the African countries failed, they settled in the US as an external mediator. Cairo wants Ethiopia to guarantee Egypt will receive 40 billion cubic metres or more of water from the Nile. Ethiopian Irrigation Minister Seleshi Bekele said Egypt has abandoned this demand, but Egypt insists it hasn’t and issued a statement to this effect.

There is also an unresolved issues over how fast the dam will be filled, with Egypt fearing if it is filled too quickly, it could affect the electricity generated by the Aswan High Dam.

 The Middle East Monitor

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2 Responses to US: Egypt, Ethiopia dispute over Renaissance dam escalates

  1. Great JOB BY ETHIOPIAN NEGOTIATOR!!!!!!!!!

    THIS PERSISTENCE SHALL CONTINUE UNTIL EGYPT COMES TO ETHIOPIAN PROPOSAL FOR SAKE OF MILLIONS OF POOR ETHIOPIAN PEOPLE.

    NO WAY TO BE PLAYING THE GAME. BY EGYPTIAN ONLY. HISTORY REVEALED THERE HAD BEEN NO NEGOTIATION WHEN EGYPT HAD BUILT Aswan High Dam.AND THEY ARE STILL IN FAVOR OF NILE WATER BASIN SOURCE.

    SO ALL ETHIOPIAN INCLUDING DIASPORAS WHO LIVE IN AMERICA AND ELSE WHERE SHALL VOW THEIR VOICE TO ACCEPT EGYPT OUR PROPOSAL IT IS SHAME TO HEAR THAT PRESENTLY AS YOU KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DONE BY AMERICAN MEDIATOR. SO AGAIN AND AGAIN ETHIOPIANS STAND RIGHT NOW FOR THEIR VOICE ON SUPPORT OF ETHIOPIAN NEGOTIATORS.

    LONG LIVE TO ETHIOPIA!!!!!

    Yetesfa Chilanchele
    February 21, 2020 at 11:00 pm
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  2. The Nile ORIGINATES IN AND FLOWS FROM ETHIOPIA. eTHIOPIA HAS ALL REASONS AND UNLIMITED RIGHT TO USE THE NILE RIVER. NOW FOR FULL BUILT CAPACITY OF THE GERD AND SUBSEQUENTLY FOR OTHER DAMS AND REASONABLE IRRIGATION.THE TRIBUTARIES SHOULD ALSO BE PUT FOR AGRICULTURAL SUPPORT AS MUCH AS REASONABLE. NO VOICE OR NOISE SHOULD INTERFERE WITH FOREGOING. RESPECT TO OTHERS WILL ALWAYS REMAIN, BUT USE OF THE NILE WILL HAVE NO COMPROMISE. gOD BLESS ETHIOPIA.

    EZUME HATTA
    February 22, 2020 at 6:24 pm
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