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Egypt 'alarmed' at progress of Ethiopia's Renaissance dam construction

Ahram Online , Wednesday 25 Nov 2015
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Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam (Reuters)
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Egypt renewed its strong commitment to completing technical studies of the dam in a timely manner 'before it is too late,' Egyptian Spokesperson for the Renaissance Dam and advisor to the Minister of Water Resources Alaa Yassin said on Tuesday.

Egypt highlighted the importance of the overdue technical studies and their political significance amid the "alarming" speed of construction.

A source from the Egyptian irrigation ministry expects that Egypt will officially request halting the second phase of construction until further negotiations are held concerning the filling of the dam.

Yassin said in a press statement that consultations between the three countries (Sudan, Ethiopia, and Egypt) are underway in order to determine the timing of two meetings. The first is the six-party meeting, which includes water ministers from the three countries. The second meeting in Khartoum will be the tenth round of the national tripartite committee.

The spokesperson added that Egypt put forward, during the ninth meeting of the Tripartite National Committee in Cairo on 8 and 9 November, concerns about the Renaissance Dam, including the delay in conducting studies related to the effects of the dam on Egypt and Sudan.

During the last meeting, Egypt expressed its concern that construction of the dam is proceeding without the studies’ findings being implemented.

"We have asked for meetings with foreign irrigation ministers due to the limited functioning of the tripartite committee,” Yassin says.

He then stressed the need to swiftly implement studies conducted by the international advisory body, which takes into account Egypt's concerns and ensures the implementation of the studies’ recommendations in a timely manner.

Yassin called for abiding by the Declaration of Principles, which was signed by the three presidents in Khartoum in March 2015, and includes the principle of non-harming, cooperation.

The Sudanese Minister of Water Resources and Electricity Ambassador Moataz Moussa, announced yesterday Cairo's keenness to hold a six-party meeting of Foreign and irrigation ministers before the technical meeting of Ministers of Water Resources to discuss the differences between the two offices of international consultants (French and Dutch) assigned to implement the studies.
 

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Amir USA
29-11-2015 10:10pm
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Let Ethiopia have the Dam Egypt has enough from Nubian Aquifer
Egypt is sitting on 10000 cubic meter in the Nubia aquifer, enough to last it nearly 200 years even if the Nile stopped flowing . Why it does not pump this water for its population like Lybia is doing. Rather is should behave like a bully to Ethiopia. Ethiopia leaders should not accept this nonses, they should have the dam or allow and support its people to settle and irrigate from the Nile.
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Abel
27-11-2015 10:45am
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Try it
Ethiopia may agree to halt the second phase, but fortunately the will be no second phase for GERD. It will be completed in its first phase.
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Democrat
27-11-2015 12:07am
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Democracy before development
Ethiopia is pursueing on a wrong trajectory. The dictatorship in the country controled by a minority ethnic group is 4th most censured country on the planet, it is 2nd most jailer of journalists in the world, and according to Amnsty internationa, over 5000 Oromos were arrested and killed over the last four years. Development is not sustainable in Ethiopia. The regime need to answer democratic questions first. That is why Egyptians should focus on helping those fighting for democracy, self-determination and freedom in Ethiopia. I promise you, if the Oromos get their fair share of power, it is in their nature to care for others and they will ensure the dam will not affect the flow of blue Nile.
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