Pompeo denies the U.S. did not put Pressure on Ethiopia

Ethiopia did not ask the United States or the World Bank to be part of the negotiation with Egypt and Sudan on the filling and operation of the Grand Renaissance Dam. They became “observers” because Egypt wanted the US as mediator. The outcome,so far, is that the US is playing crucial role by putting pressure on Ethiopia to help Egypt get away with Ethiopia’s right to use water from the Nile for generating electric power, as many Ethiopians seem to believe. The US secretary of State Mike Pompeo denies it.

Mike Pompeo in Ethipoia. Photo credit : Foreign Affairs Ministry of Ethiopia

borkena
February 19, 2020

Negotiation on the operation and filling of Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam has been going on for many months now. 

And most Ethiopians had the impression that the United States and the World Bank, they are attending the negotiation since November 2019, are putting pressure on Ethiopia to compromise its right to use water from the Nile River while 80 percent of which is originating from the country.

Donald Trump himself following the negotiation with keen interest as he seems to have seen an opportunity to be ceased to please his “friend” – Egyptian President El-Sisi.

The U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo,  was in Ethiopia for a three days working visit. He and Ethiopian Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew had a joint-presser at the Sheraton Hotel in Addis Ababa on Tuesday.

They did not take many questions apparently, but a journalist from Ethiopia’s state-owned broadcaster ( Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation) had the opportunity to ask Mike Pompeo about the Pressure that the United States is putting on Ethiopia.

 “…the Americans, stands to develop Egypt and putting Pressure on Sudan and Ethiopia.  Due to this, Ethiopian peoples are becoming, at least at this particular event, distressed of the American stand.  What do you say for the people, Secretary Mike Pompeo?,” Asmamaw, EBC journalist asked Pompeo – according to information from the U.S. embassy.

Mike Pompeo said that President Donald Trump has made “a priority to try and work with each of the three significantly impacted countries to try and get a good outcome for all three countries, to effectively mediate.  And so we’ve been working on this.”

He used a diplomatic language to indicate that the U.S. has something to “offer” but it is not imposing solutions.

He said, “…I think there’s a solution to that that will work, but our mission set is not to impose a solution on this, but rather to get the three countries to come together around a solution that each of them acknowledges works for the concerns of all three nations…”

However, both Mike Pompeo and Gedu Andargachew made it clear during the presser an agreement is not reached, although there is consensus on many of the elements of the agreement regarding the filling and operation of the Dam.  

It could take months before a final agreement is reached. Pompeo indicated that when he said, “A great deal of work remains, but I am optimistic that over the coming months we can resolve this.”



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6 Responses to "Pompeo denies the U.S. did not put Pressure on Ethiopia"

  1. Aklilenesh   February 19, 2020 at 11:57 pm

    Chinese values should not be imposed on Ethiopia. It is time for Ethiopian- American council to put pressure on the US politicians so they stand with the people of Ethiopia, Ethiopians got their own values so China’s values need to get checked before it is imposed on Ethiopians who year after year risk death due to hunger with the government not valueling their water food source .

    Chinese Ethiopians should not be pressureing the Chinese government on policies regarding Ethiopia , while Ethiopian Americans keep quiet.

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  2. Ittu Aba Farda   February 20, 2020 at 2:44 am

    In one way, I like the way the negotiation is being handled and all three stakeholders are taking the time to ponder over this issue. It is not like a simple border question. This is something that will change how border crossing rivers will be seen from here onward. It will have lasting bearing on future riparian negotiations around the globe. It is going be a bench mark. The ramifications on current and future generation in all of the three countries will be immense. All three countries have the elephant in the rooms that they are at a complete loss how to tame it. They have populations that are exploding in numbers. In just 15 years from now, by 2035, the combined population of these three countries will balloon to a nightmarish 340 million mouths to feed with Egypt and the old country leading the way. All three of them are multiplying like worms. By 2025, a scan 5 years from today the old country will be suffocated with 132 million walking and talking souls. Egypt will grace the 120 million mark. The burden on those handling the current negotiations is a back crushing one, a pressure cooker of the third kind. The way I see it come to amicable result will not be a walk in a park. It will be totally impossible to avoid the bitter pill. There should be goodwill on all three of them to share that bitter pill equally among them. There should not be any sole winner or sole loser. It ain’t that easy as we tend to see it here from our comfy homes.

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  3. jagressa   February 21, 2020 at 2:56 am

    USA is a country where 1% of the American USA population owns over 80% of USA’s wealth. This money Ethiopia is TOLD TO BE getting from USA must have been approved by the top 1% of USA’s population for a sinister reason otherwise there is no way , Israel Jews are not helping Ethiopia because Ethiopia lion of Judah are Jews ancestoraly, there must be somethingelse they want in return .

    Even World Bank and IMF get the money to loan out to governments from people such as these top 1%.

    No strings attached money given to Ethiopians from the 1% is highly unlikely unless Abiy told them Ethiopia is willing to drop her skirt down and spread her legs or kneel down and start giving MONICA LEWONWHISKY style mouth to them. Whatever this pmpimp wanna be promises them ETHIOPIAN PEOPLE ARE NOT HELD LIABLE SINCE HE IS A “FRAUD”.

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  4. Nomelos   February 21, 2020 at 8:05 am

    ETHIOPIA HAD BEEN THE FOURTH LARGEST USA’S AID RECIPIENT AFTER IRAQ , AFGHANISTAN AND JORDAN FOR SEVERAL YEARS.

    IT SEEMS LIKE NOW THE NUMBER ONE AID RECIPIENT COUNTRY , IRAQ WILL NO LONGER GET MUCH AID FROM USA IN THE COMING YEARS SINCE THE US BASSY IN BAGHDAD GOT RECENTLY ATTACKED , SO ETHIOPIA MIGHT GET SOME OF IT, OVER A BILLION DOLLARS AID FROM USA IN 2020 MIGHT BE IN STORED FOR ETHIOPIA DEPENDING ON THE PEOPLE’S NEED.
    THAT IS AS LONG AS THE ETHIOPIAN PEOPLE DONOT ACT UP AS IRAQI PEOPLE RECENTLY DID TOWARDS USA EMBASSY .ABIY IS SUFFOCATING ADDIS ABABA RESIDENTS BECAUSE AID MONEY DEPENDS ON HOW PEACEFUL THE EMBASSY AU GRAND HOTEL SURROUNDINGS GET..BASICALLY IT FEELS LIKE USA IS PAYING FOR ADDIS ABABA , AS IF ADDIS ABABA CITY IS BEING RENTED OUT TO USA AS A HOTEL ROOM SO UNTIL USA CHECKSOUT MEAZA MOHAMMED & CO. CAN KEEP BEGGING ABIY TO ALLOW THEM TO ALLOW PROTEST WITH NO AVAIL.

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  5. J. Hutton   February 21, 2020 at 11:52 am

    What is a Chinese Ethiopian?

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    • Adariyachew   February 21, 2020 at 2:53 pm

      J. Hutton

      PEOPLE BORN IN ETHIOPIA THAT LIVE IN CHINA OR PEOPLE BORN IN CHINA THAT LIVE IN ETHIOPIA ARE CHINESE ETHIOPIANS , SOMETIMES REFERRED AS ETHIOPIAN CHINESE.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_people_in_Ethiopia

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