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Tripartite talk on Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam resumes

United States, European Union, and South Africa to attend as observers as Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan resort to tripartite talks on Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

Tripartite talk _ Ethiopian

June 9, 2020

Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan are resuming tripartite talks on the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). The meeting is said to be a virtual one due to the coronavirus situation.

It is expected to resume on Tuesday, according to the Sudanese news source – Sudan Tribune.  Observers from the United States of America, the European Union, and South Africa will attend the meeting.

It is to be recalled that the three countries paused the talk over GERD after the failure of US-brokered talk in late February of this year.

Sudan initiated the return to tripartite talk following a series of consultations first with Ethiopia and then with Egypt. 

Egypt was first adamant about the idea of returning to tripartite talks.  When Sudan and Ethiopia reached an agreement to start talks on the filling and operation of the dam some time at the end of May, Egypt expressed interest to be part of the talk.

Sudanese Irrigation Minister, Yasir Abbas, is quoted as saying “We hope this meeting be constructive and a continuation of the cooperation established between the riparian countries since a long time ago,” he said before to add “Much has been accomplished and little remains to be done.”

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia has not disclosed any information about it to the public. 

Ethiopia has announced that it will start the initial stages of filling GERD which is expected to be 4.9 billion cubic meters of water when completed. The schedule for the second round is undisclosed.

Sudan and Egypt sent letters to the United Nations Security Council, and what they wanted is to stop Ethiopia from starting to fill GERD before an agreement is reached. Ethiopia responded that filling the dam is not violating international law. More than 85 percent of the Nile water originates from the highlands in the country but Ethiopia never consumed its share of the water.

When Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed appeared in the parliament on Monday, he reaffirmed that Ethiopia does not have any intention to harm its neighbors while it is pursuing completion of the project with a goal to provide over 65 percent of its population with access to electricity.  

Meanwhile, the issue of GERD has been in the limelight constantly in local media. Remarks from the cross-section of society aired on state and affiliated media indicate that the project is seen as a representation of Ethiopia’s key strategy to overcome poverty.

For others, the significance of it transcends the economic realm. General Mohammed Tessema is head of the indoctrination division of the Ethiopian Defense. Speaking to Fana Broadcasting Corporation (FBC), he described the dam as a hallmark of Ethiopia’s sovereignty. “Ethiopians have left their imprint on this project,” he added, and that the defense force is ready to defend it from any possible attack.  

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  1. How typical of the Ethiopian government. When they want people to support them, they are coming out saying this and that and continuous giving interviews on the dam day in and out. But on something important as this, why would they be quite except for the fact that they want to hide the same mistake they are making of having US as an observer. We’re they not saying this is technical issue and we don’t need observers? What happened, why the change?

  2. Meanwhile they are having a campaign to plant 5 billion trees? For whose benefit are we doing this? Why is the burden on Ethiopia to do everything from planting, getting rid of Emboch that is chocking lake Tana and all other other environmental projects? So we can have more water flowing to Egypt?

  3. I wish some people just tend to the affairs of their own country. This dam is just faraway from their domiciles.

    I am sure those two patriots Obbo Seleshi and Gedu are well even better prepared now. The recent addition to their negotiation team will have more oomph to the negotiation skills. All I can say to Egypt is ‘it’adub!’. It is better off having dialogue with those black folks because they are always considerate breed of mankind. They have always been so kind and willing to share their blessing with fellow neighbors near and afar.

  4. As long as Ethiopia starts filling the dam on schedul, they can have all the talk they want. Skipping the date will have a serious political fallout internally, and destabilize Ethiopia’s weak government; also the government will lose face and substantially lose support.

    In the meeting the talk should be on any other issues but not the schedule date for filling the dam.

    Changing the filling date will have a devastating effect on the moral, psyche, on the confidence of the people on the government!!!

    • Amen!!!! The filling of the dam, as we all told, will start in July, 2020 which is the time it rains in buckets. I have been checking the weather there recently and it shows the rainy seas has began in earnest in most regions especially in the area of the lake where the river originates with more than 80% chance of rainfall almost every day. Those two patriots Obbo Gedu and Seleshi have announced(told el-Sisi) that July is the D-Day black folks style!!! Not July 1st or July 31st but July, 2020. They have assured the brotherly peoples of Sudan and Egypt(not the megalomaniac el-Sisi because he it seems his faculties are not all functioning properly) that if July turns out to be drought then the filling will be done in a way not causing any harm to them. Period!!! End of story!!! Damn the megalomaniac!!! Full steam ahead!!!!


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