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A Communique of the Advisory Council of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education on GERD

A Communique of the Advisory Council of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD)

Communique  _ GERD

We, members of the Advisory Council, composed of academics, scholars and professionals in Ethiopia and the Diaspora, are outraged by the misguided, biased and unfounded statements made by Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb, Sheikh of Al-Azhar Al-Sharif of Egypt, Ahmed Abul-Gheit, the Arab League Secretary-General, and General Kenneth McKenzie, US Central Command (CENTCOM) made in reference to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

 Recognizing that:

  1. The Nile (including the White Nile and the Blue Nile (Abay)) flows through eleven African countries (Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda); and that Ethiopia contributes more than 86% of the Nile water;
  2. 100% of the water share of the Nile was unfairly allocated to Egypt and Sudan, based on irrelevant Colonial Treaties, leaving Ethiopia and the other Nile Basin countries with a scandalous 0% share;
  3. Egypt provides electricity to 99% of its people, while more than 60% (over 65 million) of Ethiopians live in the dark;
  4. Egypt provides access to drinking water to more than 99% of its population, while 40% of Ethiopians lack a clean drinking water;
  5. Egypt has more than 150,000 BCM of ground water stored in the Nubian aquifer that could support its agriculture and water needs for over 1,000 years while Ethiopia has only 122 BCM of ground water resource;
  6. Egypt has enormous potential capacity for desalinization and could enhance future water availability, while Ethiopia has none;
  7. The Technical Committee of Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan has confirmed that the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) will reduce flooding in Sudan and ensures regulated flow of water for Egypt and Sudan with little evaporation loss—a serious challenge at the Aswan Dam; 
  8. The international law governing transboundary waters which permits Ethiopia’s sovereign rights to use its own resources; and its unwavering position on equitable use of water resources in the Nile Basin region and its principles of no significant harm to downstream countries;
  9. Failure of Egypt and Sudan to ratify the 2010 Nile River Basin Cooperative Framework Agreement;
  10. The ongoing African Union-led effort in the spirit of finding “African Solutions to African Problems” to support the three parties of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan to find a negotiated solution;

We, the Advisory Council of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education:

  1. Denounce and strongly condemn the recent misguided and inflammatory statements made by Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb, Sheikh, Al-Azhar Al-Sharif of Egypt, Ahmed Abul-Gheit, the Arab League Secretary-General, and General Kenneth McKenzie, US Central Command (CENTCOM) and others regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam;
  2. Demand retracting the misguided assertions and misinformation on GERD that Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb, Ahmed Abul-Gheit and General Kenneth McKenzie spread on Arab media and elsewhere;
  3. Call upon Egyptian universities, the Arab League and others to recognize that Abay (the Blue Nile) originates in Africa and thus disputes with respect to any disagreements on its equitable use should be mediated and resolved by Africans themselves;
  4. Call upon governments, bilateral and multilateral agencies to refrain from misinformation and unilateral support to Egypt, and devote efforts on balanced and constructive engagements based on facts, including supporting the right to develop and share the Nile waters equitably to provide water, electricity and food to citizens of the Nile Basin countries;
  5. Call upon concerned partners to acknowledge the well-documented facts that the GERD Technical Committee, constituted from the three countries, has affirmed that there would be no harm to the downstream countries, rather that the GERD is technically sound, will regulate the fluctuation of water levels to mitigate seasonal flooding, reduce evaporation from the scorching heat in Sudan and Egypt, and provide affordable electricity; 
  6. Call upon university leaders across the world, the Arab League, the US, the European Union and others to reject the outdated and unfair Colonial Treaties dishonored by the Nile Basin (Riparian) countries;
  7. Request that the unjustified moratorium on financial assistance to Ethiopia be quickly lifted as the action only hurts the poor already traumatized by the COVID-19 pandemic, local conflicts and natural calamities;
  8. Call upon the international community to support Ethiopia in its consistent position to ensuring equitable water use, develop its water resources to extricate its citizens out of abject poverty, and encourage the Nile Basin countries, including Egypt and Sudan, towards mutually beneficial collaborations; and
  9. Urge that the sensitive and complex negotiation continues under the auspices of the African Union without any interference from others;
  10. Call upon academics, scholars, and professionals in particular and all peace-loving people across the world to join hands in supporting a peaceful resolution and avert unintended consequences that may arise from irresponsible statements. 

Advisory Council of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education
Addis Ababa
25 June 2021

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Editor’s note : The Communique appeared first on Ethiopian P2P forum

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Well said!

    The Advisory Council of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) summarized articulation of issues related with the Nile River is nothing but perfect.

    To explain, I have researched and documented the issues related with the Nile River a few years ago. For example, I have read and saved articles published by some international media as far back as 1852. I didn’t share my research with the public because my research contained no new information.

    Besides, I thought reanalyzing the fraudulent treaties between Egypt and Sudan was a waste of time. Moreover, as goodwill for Africa, a Kenyan’s Professor who is called Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba has done a great job analyzing the bogus treaties between Sudan and Egypt in his research paper titled “”The Interpretation of the 1929 Treaty and its Legal Relevance and Implications for the Stability of the Region”. To read Lumumba’s research paper on the invalid treaties between Sudan and Egypt, follow the below hyperlink:

    codesria.org/IMG/pdf/03_Lumumba.pdf

    LJDemissie

  2. Subject: A Communique of the Advisory Council of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education on GERD
    June 25, 2021

    Humble Commentary, 27 June 2021
    I totally agree with the comment of LJDemissie.
    The following says it all.
    QUOTE “reanalyzing the fraudulent treaties between Egypt and Sudan was a waste of time” UNQUOTE.

    Indeed, absolutely TRUE. It is like expecting water from dry rock. No effort in the world will make sense to Egypt when it comes to BLACK African People. It is the absolute clear reflection of RACISM which is fully aligned with the ancient founder of colonialism — the ONLY, and ONLY, CIVILIZED Humanitarian, the Guidance of the World, The LIGHT house of the world, the Jewel of the world, the admirable ancient GREAT BRITAIN!?!?!? I am not responsible for the contradiction. At the risk of digressing, however, >>> how else could you explain when a country stole an entire Continent — ‘in broad day light’ — and divided it among European Countries?!?!?!? And the WORLD knows it with deaf ears and blind eyes without an iota of consciousness and humanity, which ended in the UN who concocted by …………..Please complete the sentence.

    OH! By the way, it is unfortunate that the noble good PEOPLE of SUDAN [MY ENDLESS FAVORITE} are being represented by a leader who is blindly in tandem with RACIST EGYPT.
    THE END

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