Ethiopian Dam : Experts’meeting underway in Khartoum, Sudan

National Independent Scientific Research Group discussing proposal on the Ethiopian Dam. Ethiopia will respond to Egyptian position.

Ethiopian Dam _ talk _ Sudan _ Egypt

September 30, 2019

The Fifth meeting of “National Independent Scientific Research Group (NISRD) kicks off in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, reported Ethiopian state media – Ethiopian News Agency citing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia as a source.

Participants in the group represent Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan.

The meeting will discuss the proposals from the water ministers of the three countries regarding the filling and release of the water from the Ethiopian Dam.

Once their meeting is completed, they are expected to report the water ministers during the meeting scheduled to take place between October 4 and 5,2019 in Khartoum.

The tripartite talk in Cairo in mid-September of this year ended in disagreement for which Egypt has blamed Ethiopia.  In turn, Ethiopia blames Egypt for intending to violate the sovereignty of Ethiopia through its proposal on the filling and release of water.

Among other things, Egypt demanded that Egyptian engineers be placed in the Ethiopian Dam project so that they could monitor the entire project. 

Also, Egypt sought the release of  40 billion cubic meters of water annually from the dam but Ethiopian authorities did not find to be possible. Ethiopian study claims that the Dam can only release 29 and 35 billion cubic meters of water annually. Ethiopia did not like either that Egypt wants to maintain Aswan Dam height at 165 meters.

At the meeting in Khartoum, Ethiopia will disclose its position regarding the filling of the dam and release of water from it.

Egyptian and Ethiopian leaders exploited the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly to express their concerns about the ongoing talk.

President Abdual Fatah Al-Sisi,  told the Assembly that “The Nile water is a matter of life and an issue of existence for Egypt,” and he called for the intervention of the international community to play a “constructive role.”

Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde on her part reiterated Ethiopia’s commitment for equitable and reasonable use of the  Nile Water over 85 percent of which comes from Ethiopia.

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