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Sudanese FM says his country impartial in Egypt-Ethiopia crisis over Renaissance Dam

Sudan is neither on Egypt's nor Ethiopia's side and will pursue its attempts to bridge the gap between the two countries, says the Sudanese minister of foreign affairs

Ahram Online, Wednesday 19 Feb 2014
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Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ali Ahmed Karti attends the Arab League foreign ministers meeting in Baghdad March 28, 2012. (Reuters)
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Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Karti said on Wednesday his country is not taking sides in the crisis between Egypt and Ethiopia over the construction of the Renaissance Dam.

"We will continue our efforts to bridge the gap between Ethiopia and Egypt on the disagreements about the Renaissance Dam," Karti told Sudanese newspaper The Sudan Tribune, stressing on the neutrality of Sudan in the talks.

The planned Grand Renaissance Dam is a $4.2 billion hydro-electric 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 last year, when images of the dam's construction stirred public anxiety about possible effects on Egypt's share of the Nile water, 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.

In recent meetings in Khartoum, the tripartite committee was scheduled to formulate a document that entails "confidence building measures" between the countries, and also to form a special international conflict-resolution committee.

However, the tripartite committee's success was thwarted last December when Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir announced his support for the dam during a meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

The Egyptian minister of irrigation said on Tuesday that unless Ethiopia offers a mutually agreeable solution, Egypt may officially demand the Ethiopian government to stop the construction of the Renaissance Dam.

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one African
26-02-2014 04:28am
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dam
why is egypt an ignoret tell ethiopia not to use our own water for electricity that how egypt thinks or you guy play political game any where we want provide light for our people we are not hurt egypt or sudan let's have positive looks for words
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Jasmine
22-02-2014 03:55am
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Forget'em...guys!
Forget these idiot Egyptian politicians, guys... They still think the key to the Dam is in their pocket... You will see the outcome soon.
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matios
20-02-2014 07:49am
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just go 2 hell
we will swim together or we will sink together.
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Harmonica
20-02-2014 06:45am
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Egypt media, you can not fool all your people all the time
Egypt media are full of lies that they have lost credibility among Egyptians let alone the International community. Sudan’s support was clearly uttered by President Omar Al-Bashir himself on December 4, 2013 to the construction of the Renaissance Dam. This support had put an end to the state of confusion by the Sudan towards the Dam over the past two years. Sudan's support for the GERD is firm and that is why they are providing technical support which was highly appreciated and welcomed Ethiopia. Instead of talking non sense Egypt must return Halayb to the real owner the Sudan government and people.
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Addis Alem
19-02-2014 09:27pm
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Egypt should learn from Sudan:
Egypt seem addicted to playing the favorite nation of the super powers to the exclusion of everything else. Ethiopia is tired of this old, outdated game. We want Egypt to have greater ambition of its own than just play nice to the super powers so that they can let it continue to bully and harass Ethiopia. In other words Egypt needs to grow up; formulate a national agenda it can implement on its own, on the merits of it's fairness and equity, and not simply because some super power can help it shove it down the throat of ... Ethiopia.
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Ephrem
19-02-2014 09:20pm
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Diaspora Come on! u r on z wrong side ....please its our dream 2 c z DAM
Its a surprise to me to c those diaspora Ethiopian stand against it...I dont knw y u can't differentiate between the party and the country. Am against TPLF/EPRDF but not against the DAM. I paid my salary to c z dam erected and willing to do so as much as it take. we know and see already obama utilize the healthy program for his secound election ..it happens everywhere and its clear & right if tplf/eprdf use this. better if u say it should b transparent.
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Gech
19-02-2014 07:18pm
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I don't care
I don't care now about the renaissance Dam. I wish political and economical freedom first for all Ethiopian in their country then The Dam. Otherwise the Dam is TPLF issue.
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shalom
30-03-2014 11:31pm
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declare your freedom while abroad first !
this dam has nothing to do with your or our local political issues unless you wanr to serve as Banda for those wjo want to see us remain begi g in the eyes of the world. this one way out for an economic fredom.
shalom
30-03-2014 11:30pm
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declare your freedom while abroad first !
this dam has nothing to do with your or our local political issues unless you wanr to serve as Banda for those wjo want to see us remain begi g in the eyes of the world. this one way out for an economic fredom.
LM
19-02-2014 08:04pm
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Ah I see...
Well, those issues may not be related but that doesn't mean they ar inherently contrary to one another. The dam is built to last generations, even to outlast whoever the current regime is. So why don't you instead of being blase about it, focus regime change (as peacefully as possible) and then some other government can manage the dam.
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ali
19-02-2014 07:10pm
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nile boy
yes,the history of sudan in supporting EGYPT over any African state is well known ,but I think SUDAN is changing faster and someone can start believing in them,khartoum has lost the southern oil field,and water is coming from other African states.and above all renaissance has become real.they have no choice,ethiopia is the nile,it's Ethiopian seasonal rains.
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Nebil
19-02-2014 04:53pm
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Crazy Egyptian Leaders
What will Egyptians do if the source of Nile is Egypt? Let them eat sand that is the only resource they have. Even in 21 century they couldn’t realize they are leaving at the expense of Africans. Stupid Egyptian leader’s use you brail. STOP thinking like a bull.
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Nebil
19-02-2014 04:51pm
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Crazy Egyptian Leaders
What will Egyptians do if the source of Nile is Egypt? Let them eat sand that is the only resource they have. Even in 21 century they couldn't realize they are leaving at the expense of Africans. Stupid Egyptian leader’s use you brain. STOP thinking like a bull.
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