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United States issued a statement on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

Secretary of United States Department Of The Treasury has issued a statement regarding Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. It says that Dam should not be filled before the signing of the agreement with Egypt and Sudan.

Ethiopia _ Egypt _ Sudan _ United States

February 28, 2020

Secretary of United States Department Of The Treasury has been participating in the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam negotiation as an “observer.” Today, it has issued a statement after two days talks between Egypt and Sudan in Washington D.C. in the absence of Ethiopia.

While noting that Ethiopia is having national consultation, it says that filling the dam should not happen before signing of agreement with Egypt and Sudan.

Read the entire statement below :

Statement by the Secretary of the Treasury on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

Washington, DC – On February 27-28, 2020, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin participated in separate bilateral meetings with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and the Ministers of Water Resources of Egypt and Sudan.

The United States facilitated the preparation of an agreement on the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) based on provisions proposed by the legal and technical teams of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan and with the technical input of the World Bank.

In separate bilateral meetings, the Ministers shared their comments on the agreement.  The United States believes that the work completed over the last four months has resulted in an agreement that addresses all issues in a balanced and equitable manner, taking into account the interests of the three countries.

This process has built on the prior seven years of technical studies and consultations between the three countries, and the resulting agreement, in our view, provides for the resolution of all outstanding issues on the filling and operation of the GERD.  The foundation of the agreement is the principles agreed between the three countries in the 2015 Agreement on Declaration of Principles (DOP), in particular the principles of equitable and reasonable utilization, of not causing significant harm, and of cooperation. 

We appreciate the readiness of the government of Egypt to sign the agreement and its initialing of the agreement to evidence its commitment.  We also recognize that Ethiopia continues its national consultations, and look forward to its concluding its process as soon as possible to provide for the signing of the agreement at the earliest possible time.  Consistent with the principles set out in the DOP, and in particular the principles of not causing significant harm to downstream countries, final testing and filling should not take place without an agreement.  We also note the concern of downstream populations in Sudan and Egypt due to unfinished work on the safe operation of the GERD, and the need to implement all necessary dam safety measures in accordance with international standards before filling begins.

The United States reaffirms its commitment to remain engaged with the three countries until they sign the final agreement.

We note that a signed agreement on the GERD will be transformational for the region, resulting in significant transboundary cooperation, regional development and economic integration, and improvement in the lives of the more than 250 million people of Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan.  We are pleased with the significant work by the countries over the last four months, which has only been possible due to the strong commitment to constructive dialogue and cooperation. 


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  1. Showing emotions is ok. Often times it is ok to let off the steam. The trick is how to harness that and let a plausible long term plan come out of it. In this case the two stakeholders who have been making the most noise should refrain from reckless posturing because either way no one will come out a sole winner. They have to go back to the negotiating table and sort it all out. We should all remember the fact that both Egypt and the old country have a potentially existence ending elephant in their rooms. They both have a serious problem of population explosion where none of them have any plan to slow it down. It is a fact by experts that a new baby is born every 8-9 seconds in the old country and every 12-15 seconds in Egypt. They(Both) are sitting there and watching when everyone around them including the leaders is multiplying like worms. The Almighty Our Creator told Adam to multiply and populate the good earth but Adam was not told to overpopulate it. This Nile is a life altering for one and life sustaining for the other. And this is not funny. It is very disturbing for me to hear the el-Sisi has chosen to issue a ‘thinly’ veiled warning that can include military action against the old country. By such reckless blubbering he is putting more than 120 million of his own people in great danger, dire straits. For such military option he has to use long range and super-sonic jets supplied by the Good Ole USA and France. His vendor countries must restraint their client from such irresponsible military adventure. There is no if or but about that. They should tell him straight that the planes and missiles they sold to him should never kill children of that gem of mankind who are blacks. Get it? Never!!!!

    On the other side the very capable patriot H.E. Seleshi bin Bekele and his colleagues have assured the people of Egypt that the dam is planned and built to not adversely affect or deprive them the supply of life sustaining water from the Blue Nile. They have the obligation to prove that to everyone. They should allow the mechanism built in the dam itself to be available for others to see at all times. That should not be seen as buckling under pressure but rather a reflection on our legendary goodwill. Please note that I did not use the term ‘obligation’ just because it is already inherent in goodwill. It is somewhere in there already. In the meantime, the old country should continue to finish up building the dam per its latest completion plan because it is in her birth right. I hope that will be done before the next rainy season. Then invite the representatives of Sudan and Egypt along with the two current ‘observers, USA and The World Bank, so they can see the filling process. While they are at it, invite representatives of Kenya, South Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and DR Congo along with representatives of the UK to come and observe on site. There should not be anything to hide and there ain’t any.

    Otherwise, Egypt current futile saber rattling reminds of the same battle cries by the late Nasser in the 1960’s. At times he used to brag that Israel would not be enough at his breakfast table. I still remember vividly watching some of his ‘Ringling Brothers’ style military parades when nobody asked him to do so. I was really enjoying them. Hey, when you are given a free ticket to see ‘The Greatest Show on Earth AKA Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’ as a young man you will jump up and down. All that acrobatic acts on motorcycles? It was that good enough to give me ravaging goose bumps. Honestly, I did know what that had anything to do with military feats. I really did not get it. But then came June 1967 and with its Six-Day War. All that circus was gone in a flash. Nasser did not get his breakfast but was forced to see less than 300 Israeli soldiers capturing his entire division, his 20,000 armed to the teeth lard behind soldiers. Just picture those fat cats in the highlands of Western Hararghe, Bale Mountains, the escarpments of Gondar, Gojjam and Tigray. Just imagine that, a halawa drunk ‘soldier’ with missing sense of direction lost in any of those localities. I know you are laughing your body off. You rascals!!! Go ahead laugh because that is exactly what I am doing. I am on the floor roaring with uncontrollable laughter. But I don’t think el-Sisi is that dumb. He knows the old country from the back of his hands. He recognizes the reality on the ground there that there are willing bigots ready to sell their souls to him because they have no soul. They have bigots that preceded them all the way back to 1959. His predecessors had found success using such bigots(abd’s house niggers) once in the past. You watch them now. They may be there already and more wlll follow immediately after the coming election in which they are destined to lose. Then you and I will witness the mushrooming TV, radio and podcast outfits preaching to their choir. You just watch. Prepare yourself for that onslaught. 2021 is going to be a scene to behold!!! BTW, what are Kenya, South Sudan, Uganda and other countries whose tributary rivers contribute to the Nile are saying about this impasse? Just curious.

  2. This phrase in the statement is not clear to me” ‘final testing and filling should not take place without an agreement.’ It sounds like an order. Is it a suggestion or an order to the owner of the dam? I thought US Treasury Department and The World Bank are supposed to be observers. When did that change? Am I right that these were just as invited observers? I am confused now. The old country should proceed in filling up the dam in accordance with what was agreed upon so far and invite Mr. Mnuchin, representatives from the World Bank, Egypt, and Sudan, the UK, Italy and all other Nile riparian countries to look at the process first hand. All what has been anticipated is all in theory but when the actual filling commences that will tell the fact. I am sure if the filling process affects the water flow adversely, the old country will take the proper correction then and there. I don’t think giving orders to the proud people will go down that easy in Addis/Finfine.

  3. Ethiopia is becoming a loose cannon .

    The current Ethiopian rule government is composed of psychopath rebel fighters that contradict themselves day by day .

    -Algiers agreement not respected ,
    -Washington DC agreement not respected.
    -International Human Rights agreements not respected.
    -The Constitution not respected .
    -Law of the country not respected.
    -Freedom not respected.
    -Moral standards not respected.
    – Cultures and traditions not respected.
    -Privacy of the Ethiopian and neighboring countries people not respected.
    -Common sense not respected.
    -Border demarcations among states within the country not respected .
    – Heritage of ethnicities not respected.


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