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EU not financing Ethiopia Renaissance Dam: EU ambassador in Egypt

EU ambassador underlines union's support for negotiated solutions in international disputes; says Egypt has requested presidential poll supervision

MENA, Wednesday 9 Apr 2014
ethiopia dam
A general view shows construction activity on the Grand Renaissance dam in Guba Woreda, Benishangul Gumuz region March 16, 2014. Egypt fears the $4.7 billion dam, that the Horn of Africa nation is building on the Nile, will reduce a water supply vital for its 84 million people, who mostly live in the Nile valley and delta. Picture taken March 16, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
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The European Union (EU) is not funding the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam, said EU Ambassador to Egypt James Moran in a press conference, the MENA state news agency reported.

Moran underlined that the EU is looking into the issue of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam since it affects many countries. He also said the EU is ready to help any country that seeks its assistance related to this issue.

Moran underscored the importance of negotiations between countries in dispute, in order to reach solutions that benefit all parties.

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan formed a tripartite technical committee to study the possible effects of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. But the committee's discussions were thwarted in December when Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir announced his support for the dam during a meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

Egypt's foreign minister, Nabil Fahmy, met last week with his Ethiopian counterpart, Tedros Adhanom, at the two-day EU-Africa Summit in Brussels.

According to Al-Ahram Arabic news website, Fahmy said that his meeting with Adhanom included "a frank and open discussion" on the stance of both Egypt and Ethiopia regarding matters of concern to both states, including Nile water issue and Renaissance Dam.

Meanwhile, Moran said that EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is expected to visit Egypt Wednesday to reaffirm the EU's interest in future cooperation and bilateral relations with Egypt.

He said the EU is keen to help Egypt, especially Upper Egypt that has been lately suffering instability amid general poverty.

Moran also spoke about the EU's supervision of the upcoming presidential elections, saying that Egyptian authorities requested the EU supervise the elections. The union has set a delegation upon this request.

He added that the EU did not supervise the referendum on the constitution that took place in January because the request to supervise it arrived late. 

Egypt's presidential poll is scheduled to take place in May.

About Britain's move to investigate the Muslim Brotherhood, Moran said that this concerns only Britain and not EU countries.

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Beza
13-04-2014 09:41pm
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You should stop plotting with Eritrea to stop the Dam
Advice for my Egyptian politicians, stop to collaborate with the dying regime of Eritrea to sabotage the progress of the Dam. The Ethiopian people are now in full support of the Dam. May be you are listening to those diaspora oppositions who want to get your money, exploiting your desperation So don't waste your time and money on them. Because they are not accepted in Ethiopia. The only chance you have is to negotiate with your 9 African countries. Because, they are the ones who can decide for equitable usage of the water.
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Fikre G/Kirstos
12-04-2014 03:04pm
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Shameless
What kind of mentality and nature do Egyptian politicians  really  have ?we are fade up of your  Shameless  complex  behavior (YA  HASID)
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Al Masry, Egypt
12-04-2014 04:33am
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No Moorning at request
I am glad that project was placed on hold for lack of serious analysis and design. the picture shows very small elevation difference (hydraulic jump) to produce enough electricity before the mud fill the lake in few decades. Please slow down and Egyptian will come to help to do it the right way. Look to your small dams that silted out or the Sudanese dam that will be out of commission in the near future.
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Black Africa
11-04-2014 08:54am
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It is Better to Egypt to Cooperate with Ethiopia
Egypt is not able to leave without Nile; and the main source of Nile is Ethiopia. Therefore it is mandatory to Egypt to resolve all dispute related with Nile in modern and Peace full ways. IS it possible to Egypt to open war against the sources of Nile water countries; in other word black Africans? Totally not
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Clear
11-04-2014 03:41am
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MAY BLACK AFRICA WIN
Let BLack Africa win!!!! All the false propaganda against black Africans All the threat against black Afrucans All the requirement for Black Africans to abide by a Contract they never signed, they never were consulted on Makes you say " are we in the 21st century or do some fox still think In the 14th century mindset ??? Let black Africa Win and may the lies from Egypt politicians stop
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TEMIMA
10-04-2014 09:20pm
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TO THE GREAT PEOPLE OF ETHIOPIA
GET UP!STAND UP!DON'T GIVE UP THE FIGHT!STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHT!
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Denboba Ali
10-04-2014 07:16pm
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no more
Dear Egyptian friend ,I think the negotiation time is over,if it is necessary it should be with all signed Nile basin country. It is OVER ,the dark time is coming towards Egypt.
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Concerned poor ethiopian
11-04-2014 01:20am
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To al masry
Dear egyptian the dam if finished will be a blessing to us ethiopian as we are 80% farmers may be in 5 years we will reach your economy level. But no one knows its effects on you and we are humans and we will not let others suffer from thirst. So stop the negativity.
Almasry, Aswan
10-04-2014 10:47pm
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Big Difference
Look to water color of Blue Nile loaded with silt up to 5% near the water source and the Nile down stream near Aswan. dam in Sudan is filled 4 times faster with mud than estimated by ignorant experts. In Ethiopia it will be 16 times faster filled with mud. Take a cup of water (be carful) and see how much mud settle in one hour. there are better ways to help Ethiopia than building a water dam in rainy region.
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Almasry, Egypt
10-04-2014 05:28pm
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Technical and Legal Reasons
It is good for Ethiopia and Egyp. A mega project should be done on solid foundation of legal, economic, scientific, engineering, and social evidences. No nation in the Nile watershed has absolute right to do what it wants. Technically, I am confident that the project, if built, will end in creating a large slab of mud behind the dam in few decades and Ethiopia loses its investments and pay with pounds of their good citizens flesh.
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WATONEARTH
12-04-2014 07:06am
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Fair point, BUT
You make a fair point Almasry. In building the lagest dam in the world,The Three Gorges Dam, China faced the same dilema. The world's best minds worked and came up with a simle solution that has worked thus far. Release more water through the bottem of the dam periodically,during the rainy season when most pf the silt is generated.
Girma Tadesse
11-04-2014 08:36pm
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Poor Prediction
Mr. Almasry of Egypt, as a matter of nature you arabs like to exagurate...what is the difference between scientific nd engineering....or just to talk alot? of course i can easly understand you very intent regarding the GERD... Let me inform you from the ethiopian side, we have 100% right to use as much as we can of the Blue nile. no one ,even the Superpowers let alon your poor Egypt, can not halt Ethiopia from going forward! we are backed by millions of Heroic balck africans!
seble
11-04-2014 10:01am
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Higly doubt it that your concerned about Ethiopia.
Dear people of Egypt and of those at Ahram,
Denboba Ali
10-04-2014 07:06pm
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no problem
Thanks for your concern on EGRD future ,but we make detail study on the case.Any way did you face the problem an Nasser dam which is bluet before 50 years
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Tadesse
10-04-2014 10:03am
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As we started it we gona finish it!!!!!!
We are saying that we are able to finish it,you Egyptians don't worry!This is not the time we were before you Beter think about building a good relationship with all naibours.
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Alemgena Taye
10-04-2014 09:10am
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Not only Egypt to benefit. But also Ethiopia and so on.
Dear Egyptian brothers and sisters you should remember always that, Moran expressed only the importance of negotiations between countries in dispute, in order to reach solutions that benefit all parties. But not that benefit only Egypt. Do you understand?
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