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Ethiopian PM calls Egypt to resume talks over Renaissance dam issues

Ethiopia's prime minister says that Egypt should resume talks rather than continuing 'unnecessary complaints' over its proposed dam

MENA, Thursday 24 Apr 2014
 Hailemariam Desalegn
Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (Photo: Reuters)
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Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has invited Egypt for another round of tripartite talks with Sudan in order to implement recommendations given by an international committee over the construction of its hydroelectric dam on the Nile, state-run news agency MENA reported.

"We seek to persuade the Egyptian authorities to avoid unnecessary complaints against the dam and to resume the tripartite talks with Ethiopia and Sudan," Desalegn said during the Ethiopian Parliament`s meeting on Thursday.

Desalegn also stressed to parliament members that his government was ready to respond if Egypt decided to issue its dispute over the Grand Renaissance Dam to the United Nations.  

He also mentioned that 31 percent of the dam's construction was complete, and that the dam would start generating electricity by next year.  

The planned Grand Renaissance Dam is a $4.2 billion hydroelectric dam on the Blue Nile, one of the main tributaries of the Nile. The project has been a source of concern for the Egyptian government since May of last year, when images of the dam's construction stirred public anxiety about possible effects on Egypt's share of the Nile, the country's main source of potable water.

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan formed a tripartite technical committee to study the possible effects of the dam and try to generate consensus. Ethiopia maintains that Egypt's water share will not be negatively affected by the successful completion of the project.

Despite talks between Ethiopia and Egypt breaking down in recent months, officials from both countries still insist they will continue to meet in order to solve the dispute over the dam.

Earlier this month, the foreign ministers of both Egypt and Ethiopia held talks in Brussels on the dam.

 

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Markos
28-04-2014 02:41pm
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Appreciated
I appreciate the Ethiopian PM calling for discussion and dialogue despite Egypt's undiplomatic and hard comments.
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Aby Taye
26-04-2014 01:13pm
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we care for all the poeple live on the basin
think about the hard time we've passed sofar as an ethiopian it hurt the world laugh at ur hunger which caused by not using the natural resource wisely. that's what we are doing now thinking mostly for Egptian poeple than Ethiopian poeple that's why we r using only for hydroelectric purpose which cause nothing major in downstream soicity. think trough again is that fair to u u live in luxury as we r fighting to eat???
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LM
26-04-2014 05:34am
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How cute...
Look at all of the dislikes some of the comments are getting from belligerent Egyptians, as if 100 or more dislikes will make a comment untrue. Or perhaps Ahram did something with the website to make it look like 100's of Egyptians were out in full for on the comment section. If that's the case, where are the proportional number of comments?
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Tesfu
26-04-2014 02:53am
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More and more
We are defending our right now right now we gonna use Nile not power generation including irrigation farms too no compromise with our resources Egypt government must know that we never accepted Egypt upper hand on Nile issue no room we are on the same boat swim togather or sink togather Egypt must know we are how far committed to build our dam even no aid anyone support Egypt and protect our right to use natural resources big big historical mistake
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Aguma Bera
25-04-2014 10:03pm
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went to see military action in place.
I m eager to see the notorious woyane destructive policy punched by Egyptian force in place very soon instead of theoretical stories.
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Hussein
25-04-2014 09:22pm
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Are we right to...
I think our leaders need to come to their sense! As we need the Nile for our own survival we need to recognize the rights of others. It doesn't help us much to ignore others and try to keep our interest in expense of others. Our leaders need to adjust themselves with the change of the world. Let's work for mutual benefit and cooperate with upstream countries. It is clear that the Ethiopians are not using the dam for irrigation as it is too close to their boarder. As far as safety is concerned we can work with them to make sure the dam is to the standard. Rather our leaders need to renew the commitment of Sudan not to use the water beyond their quota for irrigation as the flow will be regulated for them to farm the whole season. Let's be logical!
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ALI
25-04-2014 05:20pm
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NILE
IT'S OUR SEASONAL RAINS AND NO ONE ELSE,WE DO WHATEVER WE WANT WITH OUR NATURAL RESOURCE OF WATER. NO MORE FRRE LUNCH,EGYPT
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Alemgena Taye
25-04-2014 03:16pm
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We are bored of Egypt's Rhetoric!!
The discussions should be based on scientific facts not on Egyptians' rhetoric. Egyptians also should be advised that they should not change their reasoning now and then bla bla. . . Whatever the case Egyptians should know that the water which will flow through the GERD will not consume any drop of water. It only hits the turbines and continue its course. Lastly Egyptians also should know that it is absolutely Ethiopia's right to use its resources as far as it doesn't affect the down stream countries. And also Ethiopia is not obliged to seek permission from Egypt whatsoever it wants to develop its resources, OK?
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Gezaee H.
25-04-2014 02:50pm
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Journalist are trying to foster conflict between the two people
I have never heard Ethiopians officials saying anything like making noise or never heard single Ethiopian saying we want to cut off the river. Even myself very hardline, have no intention or desire to kill be thirst all of a sudden. It is true, Egyptian deeds in the past, today and may be in the future are not rational, but filled with ignorance and arrogance. Putting aside Egyptian blindness, ignorance, arrogance,... We Ethiopians have no recorded history of invading any country, doing bad thing any nation. That is our record. The statement that says Ethiopians officials said "Egypt do not make noise is a stinging statement that is not heard in our language in any of the speech." It is made up by journalists because they craving for war between Egypt and Ethiopia and they wanted to make money. Evil human being. For instance, Ethiopia never spurned outside without string. IMF, WB,... all refused to give us loan because of Egypt. When did Ethiopia reject outside help or loan? lies
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GirmaG.
25-04-2014 10:31am
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negotiation
Let's hope that the Egyptian politicians will soon come to their senses and stop confounding their people by presenting GERD as a monster. Ethiopia cannot prosper at the expense of Egyptians and neither should Egypt continue to monopolize the Nile at the expense of the upstream countries. WIN WIN approach is the order of the day.
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