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Egypt says it has new 'vision' for Ethiopia's dam
New 'vision' won't affect Egypt's share of Nile water, says country's irrigation minister, as talks are planned to take place in Sudan later this month
Ahram Online, Sunday 17 Aug 2014
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Egypt`s Irrigation minister Hossam El-Moghazi (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Egypt's Irrigation Minister Hossam El-Moghazi told privately owned Mehwar channel that Egypt has a new "vision" regarding Ethiopia's planned Grand Renaissance Dam ahead of another round of talks in the Sudanese capital.

In a phone interview, El-Moghazi said the Egyptian delegation will head to Khartoum on 24 August for two days of discussions.

"Egypt has a new vision, that will not affect Egypt's water share, and we are expecting that the other party responds to it," said El-Moghazi.

Meanwhile, the minister said that Egyptian satellite images have revealed that construction has not yet begun on the part of the dam which will reserve the Nile's water.

The project has been a source of concern for the Egyptian government since May 2013, when images of the dam's construction stirred public anxiety about the possible effect on Egypt's potable water supply.

Ethiopia maintains that Egypt's water share will not be negatively affected by the successful completion of the project, set to be Africa's largest hydroelectric dam.

The upcoming tripartite talks between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan were initially planned to take place in Cairo but were later moved to Khartoum.

The talks are expected to develop seven main points that Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn previously discussed during a meeting in late June – among them fostering dialogue and cooperation between the two countries as well as regional projects to meet the growing demand for water.
 





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solomongetachew
22-08-2014 04:08am
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get the truth
The only thing Ethiopian to prove is,Ethiopia deserve the dam and the dam is not for any harm. This is not a meeting about the future of Nile WATER. Ethiopia have to be care full not to speak about the Nile Water without the other countries. Egypt will try to make Ethiopia to sign for them to approve the 1900 century deal in another form or to destroy the relation ship of the countries by making Ethiopia to say something.
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solomon getachew
22-08-2014 03:54am
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idea
Egypt is trying to make Ethiopia to sign for all the water Nile will have by giving like permission to build millennium dam. Ethiopia has to play the future is the decisions of the future generation of Ethiopians and Egyptian. Make sure Egypt not to smart our this meting.
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Essayas
18-08-2014 10:32pm
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What type of satellite?
"Meanwhile, the minister said that Egyptian satellite images have revealed that construction has not yet begun on the part of the dam which will reserve the Nile's water." What type of satellite does the author talking about? Make sure that it functions properly. The point is not about the dam is being constructed or not, it is about can we undertake a civil and honest dialog to solve the critical issues instead of trying the same old non constructive approaches.But I am seeing here that the Egyptian side lacks consistency. Every time they come for negotiation they come up with new "Ideas", "Proposals", and this time "VISION". The most pragmatic thing to do for Egypt is to get back to the NBI and settle the issue there. Every downstream country including Ethiopia understood how critical water issue is for Egypt and I don't think any downstream country plans to harm Egypt in this civilized age. Take the courage if you are really the sons and daughters of the pharaohs!
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sidi abdu
22-08-2014 12:58pm
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Egypt says it has new 'vision' for Ethiopia's dam
The arabs are such confusing lot. They make a defeat look like victory. It is another signal of confused country. They are acting irrationaly. Instead of asking for a compromise or a solution,they are demanding to impose a solution that suits the. They don't own a satellite that have this capability. It is a show off statement.
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Aladdin, Egypt
18-08-2014 06:30am
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FACTS
The lake behind the dam will be filled by the Blue Nile rich silt in few decades before recovering its cost. The second hurdle is the stability of the concrete 40-km stiff dam to ground shaking from earthquakes. Check with Ethiopia Geophysical observatory to ensure dam's and population safety. Your consulting firm VOIT is not well advising you. this is addition to the loss of good farmland and possible spread of tropical diseases from the shallow lake with many coves. I care about my Ethiopian cousins.
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Jenny
22-08-2014 05:08pm
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The vision
Should be the dam in pieces. That self entitlement I was talking about before? There it is. When you want to attack a country and kill the people in it, you control their water. The water in Egypt is getting less and less every year anyway. This dam is going to ruin egypt unless one of two things happen. Either Egypt learns how to draw water from the seas and remove the salt, or end this dam by means of aggression. Considering Ethiopia has several other rivers to choose from, they take the nile KNOWING it will damage Egypt. Where is Ahkenaten when we need him? :(
sidi abdu
22-08-2014 01:02pm
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Egypt says it has new 'vision' for Ethiopia's dam
Aladdin (and the lamp), you have being saying this for a long time and trying to lecture on something that is bigger than you. Stop polluting the medium. We heard you,we don't believe you. Buddy,live with it: Ethiopia is not going to abundon the project because of your twisted logic. Go fix your mess at home.We don't want your lecture.
Gezaee
18-08-2014 04:48pm
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Aladdin, it is none of your business
Dear Alladin, it is none of your business in our affairers. The problem is Ethiopians are giving a right that you do not have at all. My advice to you Aladdin, go and find water somewhere else. The water is ours ; you need to buy if you want, no more free water. It is in wrong even for an Egyptian to have a say on the dam. It was wrong even to involve you from the beginning. We can sell you the water if you only behalf properly. The regime in Ethiopia will not stay long if it does give you are right or any collateralism. Alladin, I am sorry for you, but is over you can steal our water anymore. Alladin water thief
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ALANA SNAVELY
18-08-2014 04:58am
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Egypt's great water potential
With 10 mountains over 2300 meters high and two border seas, wind turbines will provide power. Proven geothermal will also power desalination plants to irrigate the desert. Solar has wide potential. With 3% land serving 98% of the population, Egypt must develop new water sources for the interior. Global climate change will challenge many nations with rising ocean levels. New leadership must plan for many new climate factors, like increased sea brine. El-Sisi has the nation ready for growth and new adventures in modern technology.
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Getachew Sahlu
18-08-2014 01:15am
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Win-Win for All
As long as the "vision" is self-centered, self-serving, and is intended to undermine the aspiration of Ethiopians, it will go nowhere. For the vision to become a reality, however, it has to recognize the legitimate rights of Ethiopia to use the river as it sees fit, while offering comparable compensation in return for any compromise that Egypt may be asking.
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Agazi
18-08-2014 01:07am
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Well
Well, I hope the new vision entails accepting the reality and stopping the outcry. Otherwise,.....
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AGazi
18-08-2014 01:00am
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well
Well, I hope the new vision entails accepting the reality and stopping the outcry. Otherwise,.....
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Truth
17-08-2014 09:34pm
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Truth
"Egypt has a new "vision" regarding Ethiopia's planned Grand Renaissance Dam" Planned dam, really??? The dam has already been built.
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Kamal
17-08-2014 08:27pm
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Overshadowed
The Egyptian satelite might be overshadowed or not capable of capturing the real image. Pls come and see it
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