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Egypt willing to negotiate over Ethiopia's dam: Foreign minister

Egypt has previously remained adamant that Ethiopia's planned Grand Renaissance Dam will compromise its share of Nile water

Ahram Online, Sunday 18 May 2014
Nabil Fahmy
Egypt's FM Nabil Fahmy during meeting with a European-American delegation(Photo: Courtesy of Fahmy's official Facebook page)
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Egypt's Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy has stressed that Egypt is still willing to negotiate with Ethiopia over its Nile dam project, Al-Ahram's daily Arabic newspaper reported.

Fahmy's comments were delivered during a meeting with a European-American delegation in Cairo on Saturday in which the focus was on Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam.

Currently under construction on the Sudanese border on the Blue Nile, a main Nile tributary, the dam is set to be the biggest hydroelectric dam in Africa, producing as much as 6,000 megawatts of energy.

Egypt has repeatedly expressed concern that the dam will affect its share of Nile water. Ethiopia insists this will not happen.

Among those in attendance on Saturday was the Special Coordinator for Water Resources at the US Department of State Aaron Salzberg along with a special representative from the European Union (EU) Alexander Rondos.

Also in the delegation was the US Chargé d'Affaires in Egypt Marc Sievers and the ambassador of the European Union, James Moran.

Salzberg arrived in Cairo from the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, where he held talks with Ethiopian officials over the Renaissance Dam issue.

He is expected to stay in Egypt for two days as part of a regional tour that will also take him to Sudan.

Meanwhile, Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a meeting on Thursday with the Yemeni president in Sanaa that Ethiopia is "committed to genuine negotiations with Egypt" over its controversial Grand Renaissance Dam.

In late April, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn invited Egypt and Sudan for another round of tripartite talks, while in March the Ethiopian foreign minister said his country was adamant about holding talks with Egypt.

Fahmy also said on Saturday that previous negotiations were held in three stages but "unfortunately didn’t show an indication for positive development."

Last year, Ethiopia and five other Nile Basin countries – Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Burundi – endorsed an accord, the Co-operative Framework Agreement, which replaces a 1929 treaty granting Egypt veto power over any project on the Nile in upstream countries.

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Tewodros Kassa
11-06-2014 10:43am
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Conflict.
the only possibility that Egyptian had to do is to agree with Ethiopians... that is for the sake of their own benefit and to build the future bright for both countries. so go ask Ethiopians will; but even Egypt didn't agreed with, the Ethiopian great Renaissances dam will benefit both . . . because Ethiopians knows Abay's importance for Egyptians. "Conflict raises but it should be constructive." my word for readers
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Abdi
22-05-2014 04:29pm
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Killing the milking cow
Everything is on Egyptian hand to make a deal that benefits both country. But history told us Egypt did everything possible to dismantle Ethiopia the last hundred years. It is like trying to kill a milking cow instead of feeding, taking care of ! It is about time to change course 360 degree !!
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Mekonnen
21-05-2014 02:25pm
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Better late than ever
That is the only way! Egypt should not let the grass grow under her feet with regard to win-win negotiations.
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sidi abdu
21-05-2014 03:50am
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Egypt willing to negotiate
No kidding. No other choice. All this time they were claiming that Rain falls in Ethiopia belongs to Egypt. What a twisted logic. In fact Ethiopia should toughen it out and refuse to negotiate. Negotiate for what? It is not Ethiopia responsibility to provide Egypt with water. They should pay for it as much as we pay for the Arab oil. The Arabs are funny lot,they always miss the point. This time as always failed to realize that the world has changed.
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tsegay gebreyohannes
20-05-2014 08:41am
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accept/
we are living in the 21 century, hence things should be solved in one or the other way in win win approach.all should benefit & an agreement can not be reached unless there is a shared benefit.The water is for all of us,an and no one independently can own the Nile river.Shared benefit should exist. Every one in the nile basin can use the water for Drinking, power,irrigation & so on but should consider the fair & equitable use of the common African resource.lets throw the war thinking to the recycle bin.
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Extraterrestrial
19-05-2014 05:04pm
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Don't care!!!
Negotiate about what, as far as Ethiopia is concerned either Egypt accept the GRED or else leave it. There is nothing for Ethiopia to negotiate. If there is negotiation you will eat the food you rejected last time, nothing else.
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Abraham
20-05-2014 12:05pm
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we should be rational as we live in an modern globalization era
We care man. we have to be rational. The Ethiopian farmers and his family has equal right to live as his Egyptian counterparts. One sided historical or one sided treaty or treaties do not make sense. Both the Egyptian and the Ethiopian government should come to the table to address the real question at this minute. Will the dam affect the Egyptian people? No. If it affects them, what can be done to mitigate the problem. Either to fill the dam slowly or even not to fill it at all if there is no enough rain in this year or the following year. Egypt wants to have the full control of the river which is impossible. As the river runs from the south to the North. It is stupid landscape. You can not do anything about it. Hostility does not bring permamnent solutions. I know Egypt has been harming Ethiopia in many ways. But Egypt can still change its behavior and work for the good of all nations. If Egypt do not build good relationship today, By any chance Ethiopia start to grow with its econom
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habte
19-05-2014 04:33pm
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egyptian must be of 21 th century not 1956 old foolish!
I think all Egyptian has stacked at 1956 G.C colonial treaty in which Ethiopia has not signed. so I ask the old Egyptian to update their software & make win-win solution!!
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Tekeste
19-05-2014 07:47am
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About the death of peaceful Tigre residents.
Recently, I heard that some Oromos killed 30 peaceful Tigre residents of Bale goba. I hate this happened to the Tigre residents, however, you have to admit all Ethiopians have been cornered to this act. They had no choice. I am worried that this may be happening in more and more regions until the Tigreans force their leaders to trier senses.
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Abebe
19-05-2014 03:39am
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New Negotiations
Negotiation should come with fresh/new ideas, not old fashioned ideas. You better consider negotiating with Ethiopia understanding Ethiopia's full right for Nile water. You better not come just to impose Egypt's old fashioned historical right of Nile Water. Come with ideas, such as fair and equitable use of water, that is when we can talk the same language. Ethiopia is no more a country to be remote controlled from Cairo by destabilizing the country through sponsoring internal and external conflicts, lobbying to stop credits and donations, threatening with war...... It is good for you to come to the table of negotiation.
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LM
18-05-2014 11:19pm
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Again... Really?
The headline should be "Egypt to pretend to be willing to negotiate until it comes up with another way to stop the dam" Of course in front of the EU and US, Egyptians will put on a diplomatic facade, but as soon as no one is looking, they'll go right back to lying, scheming, arm twisting... to get their way. But it's futile. Ethiopia hasn't so much as blinked. What does Egypt think it will get out of propaganda and threats? Do they even have a policy for negotiation beyond claiming exclusive executive power over the Nile? It's clear; they never expected the upstream states would one day come into their own. The exam is due today, Egypt. You had decades to study.
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