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Ethiopia will not accept any proposal to delay construction of Renaissance Dam: Foreign ministry

Reuters , Thursday 13 Jun 2013
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Ethiopia's foreign ministry said on Wednesday the country has no intention of suspending construction of what would be the biggest hydro electric plant on the continent, a project Egypt says could cost it vital water supplies.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr is expected to travel to Addis Ababa on Sunday for talks on a giant dam Ethiopia is building on the Nile, as the countries seek a diplomatic solution to an increasingly heated dispute.

Tensions have risen this week between two of Africa's most populous nations, after President Mohamed Mursi said Egypt did not want "war" but would keep "all options open" to avoid losing any water.

Some Egyptian politicians were also caught on camera last week talking of air strikes or backing Ethiopian rebels after the start of major new work on the $4.7 billion Grand Renaissance Dam took Cairo by surprise.

Ethiopia has dismissed talk of military action as "psychological warfare".

"The minister of foreign affairs (of Egypt) probably will be arriving on the 16th of this month," Dina Mufti, spokesman at Ethiopia's foreign affairs ministry, told reporters.

"This is in the spirit of Ethiopian interest - Ethiopia has always been open and we've always been interested in discussions," he said, speaking in English.

Dina added "in the strongest possible terms" that Ethiopia would not accept any proposal to halt or delay construction.

The African Union urged both sides to hold talks to resolve the row.

"It would be important to just have discussions that are open, that look at how we can have a win-win situation in a new context, not in the context of the colonial powers, but in the context of pan-Africanism and African renaissance," the bloc's chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma told a news conference.

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sidi abdu
21-06-2013 04:05am
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Renaisance dam
How do you expect Ethiopia to honor colonialists agreement to keep the water flowing to Egypt to feed its people,while Ethiopia who owns this resource to remain hungry as a result of drought. Ethiopia learned a lesson from Turkey. Keep your oil to your self and Ethiopia will keep its water.
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wondish
17-06-2013 03:46pm
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how much Egypt respect international laws when egypt use nile on far desert lands?
what if there another state after Egypt on the Nile basin? was it fair to build Aswan?
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sidi abdu
21-06-2013 04:07am
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Aswan dam
Aswan wasn;t part of the colonialists agreement.It shouldn't have being built as well
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observer
15-06-2013 06:18am
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Egypt should show basin-wide solidarity
we will pull Ethiopia out of poverty. Egypt shouldn't stand against Ethiopia's Renaissance. Telling Ethiopia not to harness its immense Hydro-electric potential is like telling Saudi Arabia not to use its oil. Richer Ethiopia is good for Egypt also - it can export lots of stuff to Ethiopia and the other way round. Egypt should show basin-wide solidarity. For everyone in the basin.
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Bewketu Fetary
15-06-2013 12:02am
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Egypt enough is eough be human and fair
Egypt you know that you are using the water unfairly. This the right time to say to Ethiopia tank you and pay the price for keeping Ethiopia undeveloped. Egypt the whole world is against you. Britsh did that agremment for thier interes not for you, and it will not there anymore because it is not fair. Ethiopia should ask to pay the price before any agrement reached. Ethiopian government be wise I do not see Why Egypt complaing about the dam, I think what they want is to be sure ethiopia not to use any irrgation from any of the tributaries, so do not let them have that agrement. If I was Ethiopian government I will not sign any agement because Every the rain is decreasing and the temperature is increasing even the high land area is becoming a desert. Egypt it is better to argue with developed countries than Ethiopia.
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Tefera tilahun
14-06-2013 03:58pm
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Aloways we are the side of our Gev't on dam construction
Ethiopia has a right to built dam without any interference, We are the side of Ethiopian Gov't.
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Tefera tilahun
14-06-2013 03:58pm
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Aloways we are the side of our Gev't on dam construction
Ethiopia has a right to built dam without any interference, We are the side of Ethiopian Gov't.
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abraham
14-06-2013 09:37am
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Renaissance Dam
It is time for renaissance,but we ethiopian do not have any intention to supress the benefit of any freindly country. Therfore, we ethiopian do not want a 'zero sum game'
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A Philip
13-06-2013 11:30am
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Right Approach
Commendable response – Africans need to fully capitalize on their natural resources and be free from western aid. In particular, Ethiopia, a country well known for its frequent famine and extreme poverty must leave no stone unturned. Well done Ethiopia!
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Tegegn Ochile
13-06-2013 08:43am
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Think twice before you take any action
For all Egypt people and particularly for ruling class p/s return back into your mind and think as humanbeing we heared from God before starting the construction of the Grand renaissance Dam of Ethiopia.Delaying it is unthinkable.
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