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Ethiopian Dam talk stalled again,Egypt seeks international mediation

Ethiopian Dam talk is stalled, and Egypt is blaming Ethiopia for the failure. This time around Egypt seeks international mediation.

Mega Dam _ Ethiopia
Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam.

October 5, 2019

The tripartite talk on Africa’s biggest Dam which Ethiopia is building on the Nile River does not seem to be showing any sign of progress.

Reuters reported that Egypt disclosed on Saturday that the talk with Ethiopia and Sudan has reached a “deadlock,”  and Egypt has called for international mediation. 

The latest round of talk between Egypt,Ethiopia and Sudan took place between October 4 and October 5 in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum. Days before the meetings of water ministers, National Independent Scientific Research Group (NISRG) from the three countries held their meetings in Khartoum.

The Egyptian ministry of water resources and irrigation has issued a statement in which it said “Talks have reached a deadlock as a result of the Ethiopian side’s inflexibility,” as quoted by Reuters.

The statement further said that “Egypt has called for involving an international party in the Renaissance Dam negotiations to mediate between the three countries and help…reaching a fair and balanced agreement.”

However, Egypt did not give details as to which country or countries should be involved in the mediation. 

The United States has issued a statement on Friday in which it pointed out that “All Nile Valley countries have a right to economic development and prosperity”

Egypt wants Ethiopia to fill the dam in seven years, and also to release 40 billion cubic meters of water every year. The Ethiopian position is that the volume of water flowing to the lower course of the river fluctuates between 29 billion meter cubic to 79 billion metric cubics, and it is not possible for Ethiopia to give guarantee to release the amount of water that Egypt wants. 

Egypt also wants to fill Aswan Dam to the point of 165 meters above the ground. Ethiopia is rejecting Egyptian dictation of the terms of the agreement.  Egyptian position has become a talking point among Ethiopians within the context of Ethiopia’s sovereignty and the tendency is that Ethiopia should firmly stand by its right to use the water resource equitably.

“The Ethiopian minister of water, irrigation, and electricity, Seleshi Bekele, confirmed that Ethiopia cannot be sure about the volume of water it would export to downstream countries, for several reasons, including the growing demand for water for development purposes in the country,” Middle East Monitor cited him as saying. 

Ethiopia has expressed its commitment to equitable use of the water resource over 80 percent of which originates from its own highlands.  

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  1. You can have prosperity .. you definitely should fear the Egyptians with your current attitude .

    And you can also have a failed state and barrage of rockets .. that would sink Ethiopia in more poverty for many years to come .

    Hurting Egypt in the only resource for their water is quite a reason for termination of any kind of civilisation can ever start in Ethiopia.

    I recommend better understanding and less stupidity .

  2. So what will Egypt do if no mediator comes forward? Send a couple of its clunky F16’s and cause harm to the dam? If it goes that route, the F16 will trigger this massive earth quake from its earth shaking sonic boom. When a massive earthquake occurs around a big river like The Blue Nile it always triggers a massive alluvial tsunami which forces the river to flow backward. You follow me?

    On the other hand this Egyptian minister is sending a message to all of you bigots. He is asking you to come to his joint in droves. He will treat you like a king after you finished shining his shoes. First you have to come up with a ‘liberation’ front. I suggest the following striking names.

    1) Black-mane Lion Liberation Front
    2) Rent Is Too Damn High In Minnesota Liberation Front
    3) Abiy Is Not Pure Oromo Liberation Front
    4) I Want Egypt To Take Over The Dam Liberation Front
    5) We Are Arabs Too Liberation Front
    6) I Hate The Word Ethiopia Liberation Front.

    You want me to go on? Let me stop here for now.

    Among these 6, the 4th & 5th ones will be a hit for you in Al-Qahirah. They will be runaway bread crumbs-getter for your front. Also make sure you give yourself an Arab sounding non de guerre for yourself and your scavenger lieutenants. That will make things easier for you in breaking the ice with el-Sisi and his Wahhabi big bucket friends. I’m not lying to you. Just ask your predecessors!!! So hurry up!!!!

  3. Don’t worry Ethiopia is buying Israeli iron dome. Since Gen. Al Sisi is doing poorly in his country he wants to divert public sentiments against Ethiopia. Don’t try to become another Pakistan.


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