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Renaissance Dam negotiations currently 'difficult': Egypt's prime minister

Ahram Online , Monday 14 Dec 2015
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Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam (Reuters)
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Egypt’s Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said on Monday that negotiations are currently "difficult" over Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam which is currently being built on the Blue Nile, state owned MENA agency reported.

Ismail said during a meeting with reporters at the cabinet that time is an important factor in the talks, where Egypt is working towards ensuring its rights are protected.

He said that Egypt's main focus is preserving its historical share of water from the River Nile, and that the dam will not be used for any purposes that are not developmental or economical.

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, scheduled to be completed in 2017, will be Africa's largest hydroelectric power plant with a storage capacity of 74 billion cubic metres of water.

Egypt has repeatedly expressed concerns that filling and operating the dam on the Blue Nile will negatively affect Egypt's water supply, while Ethiopia has rejected these claims. 

Ismail's statement comes a few days after Egypt's irrigation minister Hossam Moghazi refuted claims related to the failure of the latest tripartite meeting on Friday and Saturday over Ethiopia's Renaissance dam.

Moghazi said that the last tripartite meeting, which took place in Sudan’s Khartoum, was the first time that Egypt officially discussed its concerns with the foreign and irrigation ministers of Sudan and Ethiopia.

During the last meeting, Egypt raised several concerns related to the "fast pace with which the dam is being built, the importance of the impact studies on the dam."

A new round of talks will take place on 27-28 December in Khartoum.

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kal
15-12-2015 01:31pm
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Yes it is Difficult
Why not difficult Sir if your focus is preserving your historical share of water? so why should we negotiate with you? Ohhh! you are also Assenting if the dam is only used for developmental and economical purpose.So for what purpose do you think it can be used!!!?we are not building a nuclear plant which can be a bomb.
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getu
15-12-2015 07:46am
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hello egypt
hey egypyt stop your propoganda we are ethiopian ok
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TAG
15-12-2015 06:03am
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it will be more difficult
If you want negotiate with Ethiopia Why you talk about historical right? We do not agree with Egyptian so-called historical right of water. If you mention 'historical rights' ,Ethiopia has no right from her water because the 1959 water agreement gave all the shares of water to Sudan and Egypt .If you think in the old fashioned way it will be more difficult
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Hawa
15-12-2015 02:42am
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GERD...done
These negotiations are a waste of time,Ethiopian dam is reality on the ground at any cost.chill out EGYPT.
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Al
14-12-2015 10:58pm
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Duhh !
With the dam 40% completed and ready to open in under 18 months! What gave the visionary PM this impression? This is the kind of foresight needed to rebuild the Egyptian economy, well done sir!!!
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