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Ethiopia says Washington discussion”not mediation,” Egypt eyes for “legal deal”

  • Ethiopia says the Washington meeting which The United States of America organized, on its own initiative, is not a “mediation” process over the Ethiopian Dam project. But Egypt eyes for reaching “legal deal” with Ethiopia.
  • Egypt and Ethiopia have been trading accusations over the failure of tripartite talk. For Ethiopia, Egypt violated an important point from the Deceleration of principles agreement which was signed in 2015
Ethiopia _ Egypt _ Nebiat Getachew
Nebiyat Getachew, Spokes person of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Photo credit : MFAE

November 1, 2019

Following stalemate in the tripartite talk in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, on ways of water filling and operation of the Ethiopian Dam, Egypt has been calling for international mediation.

Ethiopia, on the other hand, made clear its position following Egypt’s call for international mediation that it will not accept third party mediation on matters that are of a technical nature.

As it turns out, the United States of America has invited leaders of the three countries to Washington for “a meeting” which will take place next week and Ethiopia will attend it.

In a weekly briefing in Addis Ababa, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Nebiat Getachew, described the upcoming meeting just as a “meeting,” and that it is not a mediation process.

Ethiopian News Agency quoted the spokesperson as saying, “The call from Washington is not for mediation rather it is planned for discussion. Since U.S.A is a friend of both Ethiopia and Egypt, its call to discuss the issue basically has no problem.”

The Ministry’s spokesperson also added that Washington’s discussion will not affect Ethiopia’s stand on the construction of Ethiopia’s $5 billion worth dam which is said to be 65 percent completed according to Ethiopian government.

Egyptian news sources reported that Egypt is going to the Washington ‘meeting’ with the objective of “reaching legal accord,” as the Egyptian Foreign Affairs Minister  said during the Arab Parliament meeting in Cairo on October 31. The Arabian Parliament has expressed solidarity with the Arab Republic of Egypt vis-a-vis the dam controversy with Ethiopia.

Egypt accused Ethiopia for failure to reach agreement during last talk between the water ministers from the three riparian countries.  In turn Ethiopia, accused Egypt saying that the latter breached an important part of the “Declaration of Principles” which was signed between the three countries over four years ago.

From Ethiopia’s stand point, article IX of the agreement has unequivocally stipulated that the three countries will cooperate on the basis of “sovereign equality.” Ethiopia also pointed out other articles of the declaration of principles in relation to equitable use of the trans-border natural resource.

When Egypt showed up for the last tripartite talk in Sudan, it came up with a proposal that rather seemed to violate the sovereignty of Ethiopia. Egypt’s proposal to open up an office near the Ethiopian Dam project site, to control the operation and filling of the dam, was seen as a red line from the point of view of Ethiopia’s sovereignty.

In terms of equitable use of the resource, Egypt demanded that the dam release 40 billion metric cubes of water annually which Ethiopia did not agree on.

It was in this condition that leaders of the two countries met in Russia on the sidelines of the Russia-Africa summit which took place between October 23 and October 24 of this year.  Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed described the meeting with Egyptian president on October 24 as a “positive” one.

 Abiy Ahmed will be attending the Washington meeting next week, according to Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Ministry sources. 

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  1. I guess by now it is clear for everyone PM Abiy got no aptitude for legal issues. Nobelity-Abiy should exercise his right to remain silent during this discussion before he exposes he is a fraud.

  2. Ityopia hezb eko 27 amet yetederegewen restew zare lemin gichit lai eneminiders yetegenezebu aymeslegnim! Ager meri yelelew hezb le 40 amet, lehezb ageritu lai manniw tikat yemiyadergew bemil hezb endireda medereg alebet. Tplf lezelalem telat hezb lai endimeta, bechikola abay gidibin jemere. Tplf abayen yejemerebet meknyat, 1. Electricity mamencha, lemechet enat tplf beconomy endiyadeg, tikim niw. Economy siyadeg, 27 amet endaderegew, ityooian eyeregete yinoral. 2. Ityopian wich hail /Gibse hone leloch agerat ayin wist asgebito, ityopian bAbay wenz meknyat torinet lai enditihon niw. Gibse/leloch hayalan Abay wenz bkutitirachew sir lemadreg beteley bahunu gize baalem, wehan lemekotater kefetegna enkisikase eyaderegu niw. Bezih meknyat ityopia kegetegna tikat yedersibatal, aykerim. Tplf abay wenzen kegojam awtito benshangulin kilil yemeseretew lezih gudai niw. Kizenam ityopiawian, ankelaftew, al jazeera bekefitegna huneta bepropoganda Abay wenz ye areb +yemerabawian enji yetikur afrika hone ye ityooia ayhonim eyalu niw. Bemehal tplf /shabia eyenegedu niw ke Gibse gar.

  3. Ene sele ityopia hagere enji lemanim tifozo alhonim. Gin tiyake alegn, Gojam kefugna zim belalech lebego yihon? Beteley sele abay gudai. Gojam teyza yihon? Endemiweraw, tana begermenoch teyzalech?

    Bemiyasafir huneta min yahel amaregna tenagariwoch tilik tifat endaregu :gofere eyabeteru neber ende echi tplf, shabiam enkuan bichemer,, bemelaw hezb lai yihen hulu shir sitaderg :yeWellon Raya wesedu, ye Welkait Tegeden wesedu, gimash afarinena yezare ityopian afar bekefil wesedu, Abayen wesedu! Tplf mengist hono sikemet eko, beka yihe telatinet enji minim aydelem selezih tplf /shabia /olf maninim ajibew bezan gize bimetu enkuan wello, afar, gonder, gojam torinet aand lai mawej neberebachew. Zare habt/ mesariya /yewech abaloch tplf akabtual. Ye zare torinet bezu meswaet yaskefilal kebefitu yilik. Tplf /shabia bekefitegna huneta diplomasiawchewen wedaj yemidegifuachew akabtual. Tilik sihetet. Torinet aykere kehone, befit neber. Endewem 27 amet kes bekes tplf hezbun eyeteznana adakmual fejtual.

  4. I’m expecting a big hit by the Egyptian army sooner or later. But its going to be very late for you Ethiopians to talk. They will destroy you completely!

  5. Ethiopia generates 84% of the Nike water and has full right to use the water according to international water laws and equitably with out Egypt’s blessing. Egyptian problem is they have been using the water without any accountability for long time. Now things have changed and the upper riperian countries also has the right to use the water equitably. I can understand that the two countries can negotiate on the timing of when the dam could be filled to it’s full capacity. Two years or five years? Other than that Egypt has no legal support to deny Ethiopia’s legal right to use it’s water.


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