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Egypt wishes Ethiopia stability, continuing development amid unrest

Ahram Online , Monday 21 Dec 2015
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A picture taken on December 15, 2015 shows Ethiopians from the Oromo group blocking a road in Ethiopia after protesters were shot dead by security forces in Wolenkomi, some 60km West of Addis Ababa (AFP)
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Egypt said Monday that the unrest witnessed by Ethiopia is an “internal matter,” and expressed hopes for return to stability in the east African country following deadly protests in the Oromia region.

On Saturday, Human Rights Watch said at least 75 people have been killed during weeks of protests in Ethiopia, which have seen soldiers and police firing on demonstrators in the towns of Haramaya, Jarso, Walliso, and Robe, among others.

The Ethiopian government had put the death toll at five.

The protests began in November when students opposed government proposals to take over territory in several towns in the Oromia region, sparking fears that Addis Ababa was looking to grab land traditionally occupied by the Oromo people, the country's largest ethnic group.

“Ethiopia is a large and important country in the African continent, and its stability and safety is in the interest of the whole continent, including Egypt,” the country’s foreign affairs ministry spokesman said in a statement.

Egypt also expressed its wishes of success for Ethiopia's economic and social development programs.

Egyptian and Ethiopian relations have been tense for three years because of Addis Ababa’s Grand Renaissance Dam, scheduled to be completed by 2017.

Cairo says that filling and operating the dam, which is being built on the Blue Nile, will negatively affect the supply of Nile water that reaches downstream Egypt. Ethiopia has rejected these claims.

A tripartite committee was formed between Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan in 2014 to discuss the effects of the dam. The next round of negotiations, which has been stalled for months, are set for 27 December.

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KK
22-12-2015 07:03pm
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It is funny. the Egyptian gov't has brought its agenda of destablizing Ethiopia onto ground.therefore the Ethiopian government should cease the negotiation until the Egyptians will be committed and agreed to withdraw their hands from their evil agenda.
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Areegawi Haftom
21-12-2015 08:40pm
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about the protest in Ethiopia
Dear sir, we in Ethiopia will never trust Egypt whether it expresses its wish for Ethiopian stability or not. Once an Egyptian is Egyptian for ever. The current unrest is your direct involvement and we will finish you at the end.
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Daniel
21-12-2015 07:40pm
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do not make me laugh plz, are u sure deep inside u do not think differently?
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Hiluf Berhe
21-12-2015 06:51pm
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Cheers
The GERD is believed to bring about a mutual benefit to the 3 upper riparian nations, Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt. The scientific findings also suggest the same. hence, cooperation among the three, at least, is an indispensable move.Egypt and Sudan should work cooperatively with Ethiopia to enjoy the final benefits from the completion of the DAM with in the stipulated time frame.
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Hassan
21-12-2015 10:22pm
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I do fully agree
I am an Egyptian who have been living over the past 35 years in six of the nine countries of the Nile Basin. From this vantage point, I do fully agree that Ethiopia's economic future is dependent on tapping the great potential of Abbey, and all other rivers that flow from its Plateau to Sudan and eventually Egypt. In fact, I had hoped that both Sudan and Egypt would contribute to the construction cost of such projects, and help Ethiopian market the surplus power thus generated. However, and in order to alleviate the fears of her downstream neighbours, Ethiopia should have brought those two partners into the design and feasibility studies of the GERD, something that could be done now at the constrtuction stage with due transparency and mutual respect. Egypt is very dear to Orthodox Ethiopians from the time of Odysseus and Frumentius.
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