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Egypt lodged complaints to the Security Council,Ethiopia says will not give up its right

Egypt reportedly took her fight against Ethiopia’s right to use from its water resources to the Security Council of the United Nations

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Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

May 6, 2020

Egypt has reportedly lodged a complaints letter to the Security Council of the United Nations concerning Ethiopia’s intent to fill the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) in July of this year.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia (MFAE) has seen the letter sent to the Security Council, according to a report by Sheger FM on Wednesday.

The Ministry has disclosed that Ethiopia is not changing its position in regards to exercising its sovereign rights to use from its natural resource and  to fill the dam in a way that will not cause harm to the lower riparian countries.  

Sheger FM cited Amsalu Tizazzu, deputy acting spokesperson, as saying that Ethiopia has been doing all it can in the discussions so far and that Ethiopia still believes that the issue could be resolved through tripartite talks with Egypt and Sudan.

Meanwhile, Deutsche Welle Amharic service reported on Wednesday that United States authorities continue to exert pressure on Ethiopia, directly and indirectly, to make the latter extend the time needed to fill the dam.

The United States and The World Bank brokered talk on the operation and filling of GERD failed in late February of this year. In the aftermath of it, Egypt launched a campaign to mobilize the Arab World. In early March of this year, The Arab League issued a statement condemning Ethiopia’s position which the latter reject as “one-sided and blinded.”  

Dr. Engineer Seleshi The Minister of Water, Irrigation, and Electricity, Bekele Awulachew, disclosed recently that Ethiopia will start filling the dam starting the months of July to operate two turbines.

The project is said to be, overall, 73 percent completed.

Meanwhile, a news shared on social media by Eritrean Press claims that TPLF is approaching Egypt with a proposal of joint ownership of the dam in exchange for political support that would help TPLF gain power in the Federal government.

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  1. Per the words of PM Abiy Ahmed who summed it all shortly “only negotiation can resolve the recent deadlock , if the need arises Ethiopia could mobilize millions of people to the fight over the dam .”

    Egypt should negotiate and follow the directions of PM Abiy Ahmed otherwise the next Ethiopian leader will not be so patient about the Jihad Egypt declared against Ethiopia. Nooneelse got time or the will to negotiate with the Jihadist Egypt as PM Abiy is doing, so Egypt better finish the negotiation while he is still in office for Egypt’s benefit, after the current Ethiopian leadership party is ousted Egypt will be forced to take action NOMORE negotiations the winner gives charity humanitarian help water to Egypt but NOMORE of these types of accusations against Ethiopia will get entertained by Ethiopians.


  2. Ethiopia negotiated for (9) years to gain time to finish the dam. What makes your believe that more negotiations with Ethiopia will bring results. The only result of more negotiations with Ethiopia is gain more time to finish the 30% left in constructing the dam. However if Ethiopia is serious about negotiation an agreement, it should stop the construction temporary until an agreement is reached.

    But playing the same game of gaining more time until the dam is finished … this tactic will not fly this time with Egypt.

  3. If Egypt tries to sabotage the on-going construction of the dam the people of Egypt be reminded and rest assured millions of the Ethiopian people will rise in unison and defend their resources and sovereignty. If Egypt wages a war against Ethiopia this time the battle of Gundet/Gura will be reenacted on the soil of the land of Pharos. I know this to be the resolve of Ethiopian people. Do not underestimate.

  4. Egyptians need to remember that nile is primarily ethiopian and the GERD dam is financed by the Ethiopian people.They also need to reconcile with the fact that they can not force Ethiopia into accepting their unrealistic filling plans. Ethiopia has shown maximum flexibility and sudan is on the ethiopian side because the dam is extremely beneficial for the sudan. Egypt remember slavery is over long time ago and dont underestimate yourself.


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