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Egypt hasn't acknowledged Ethiopian dam through principles: Official

Some experts have argued that the newly signed principles of declaration over Ethiopia's Renaissance Dam mean that Egypt will not have an opportunity to negotiate over water shares

Ahram Online , Wednesday 25 Mar 2015
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File photo: 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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Egypt has not recognised the legitimacy of Ethiopia's Renaissance Dam or its specifications when both countries signed a principles of declaration document along with Sudan over the $4.2 billion project, a high-ranking official in Egypt's irrigation ministry said.

The head of Nile Water Resources Division at the ministry, Ahmed Bahaa El-Din, stressed that the principles do not indicate- even implicitly- that Egypt has acknowledged the storage capacity, or any other specifications of the Renaissance Dam.

Fears abound that the under-construction dam will reduce Egypt's share of the Nile River, the country's main source for potable water. Some experts argue the recently signed document means that the Egyptian authority has no opportunity to negotiate the dam storage capacity, on which possible effects on downstream countries are contingent.

"It's still a point of dispute," El-Din told state news agency MENA, outlining that it will only be concluded through the results of technical studies to be conducted by international experts.

He also stressed the principles of declaration won't affect the treaties related to each of the basin countries water shares.  

The Ethiopian 6,000 megawatt dam, set to be Africa's largest, is expected to be fully completed by 2017. Ethiopia has reportedly finished constructing at least 40 percent of the dam.

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Philip Mark
31-03-2015 11:11am
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Negotiation is the order of the day
Old colonial treaties are long gone and Egypt can not stop upper riparian states from utilizing Nile water.The only option for Egypt is to sit for negotiation and discuss issues to avoid significant impact.
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alem
29-03-2015 07:05pm
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no need of egyptians acknowlegment
cooperation is the best thing. no need of acknowledgement on own resource. rather it is greediness or fullness to think like this.
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alem
29-03-2015 07:01pm
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no need of egyptians acknowlegment
cooperation is the best thing. no need of acknowledgement on own resource. rather it is greediness or fullness to think like this.
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Abraham
28-03-2015 06:48pm
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As the ethopian govt. repeatedly saying and conforming it, this dam won't affect the people of Egypt by any means, but help both countries by providing energy and other benefits. I think we need to keep and strengthen the recent cooperative momentum. You guys in the media have a huge responsibility to bring good understanding amongst the two brother people.
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sami Ethiopian
26-03-2015 10:04pm
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Nobody cares about Egyptian acknowledgement
Not a single Ethiopian cares about Egyptian acknowledgement.
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tam
27-03-2015 10:00am
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about dam
It is nice if they work together b/n them as it has started now.
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Neo
25-03-2015 09:39pm
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What are we missing ...
Excuse our ignorance sir, the most contentious point about the Dam for Egypt is water rights and water capacity, isn’t it? If so, how has a treaty been signed, all engineering been done, and 40% of construction completed before the expert consultants answer this critical point? What are we missing?
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Sr. Engida
28-08-2015 09:13pm
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about the dam
that is none of you business. We have every right to build our dam.
ali
29-03-2015 10:50pm
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thank you ethio
it's over 40% and still building same designs and storage capacity, day and night 24/7
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