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Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan receive French firms' technical offer over dam

Although Egypt has repeatedly expressed concern over the dam's possible effect on the country, Ethiopia insists it will not negatively affect Egypt's share of Nile water

Ahram Online , Friday 29 Jan 2016
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Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (File Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan received on Thursday a technical offer from French firms BRL and Artelia on studies related to the impact of Ethiopia's controversial Grand Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the three countries, irrigation minister Hossam Moghazi said.

The Egyptian committee will study and review the offer ahead of a tripartite meeting where it will be discussed with the attendance of the two foreign consultancy firms' representatives, as agreed upon on in the roadmap approved in Sudan's Khartoum, Moghazi said.

Moghazi said that the offer involves two assessment studies- a risk assessment related to the effects of the dam on the water flowing to Egypt and Sudan, and another study that addresses environmental concerns.

In a previous TV interview, the Egyptian irrigation minister said that the two studies, which are not concerned with the redesign of the dam, would be finished in 11 months, with the first study starting in February.

Moghazi's statements came ahead of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi's visit to Ethiopia's Addis Ababa on Friday, where he is expected to hold talks with his counterparts from Sudan and Ethiopia over the dam, ahead of the upcoming African Union summit in Addis Ababa.

Prior to the AU summit, Egypt's ambassador to Ethiopia Abu Bakr Hanafi said that Ethiopia has not breached the declaration of principles signed by the leaders of the three countries in March 2015.

Hanafi said Ethiopia has not violated the 5th principle, which is related to the dam's storage reservoir’s first filling, and dam operation policies. The principle also stipulates that an agreement should be reached on the guidelines for different scenarios of the first filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam’s reservoir in parallel with its construction.

The Egyptian ambassador said that Egypt's new foreign policy in Africa has had a positive impact on an international level, where Egypt now obtains major support, especially on issues related to its right in Nile Water.

Hanafi refuted any Egyptian intention to launch a military operation against Ethiopia, affirming that such an option is never on the table, especially because the Ethiopian “brothers” said that they don’t want to harm Egypt and its people.

"There would be an important move on an international level where Egypt could resort to international water laws that guarantee the downstream countries' right of water share from shared rivers with upstream countries," Hanafi said when asked about Egypt's response if Ethiopia breached the agreement.

Although Egypt has repeatedly expressed concern over the dam's possible effect on the country, Ethiopia insists it will not negatively affect Egypt's share of Nile water.

In December 2015, President El-Sisi addressed the public saying that there is no reason to worry about that dam and that the matter would be resolved.

"I totally understand the concern of Egyptians as water is a matter of life or death," El-Sisi assured Egyptians. 

 

 

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Yared Seyoum
04-04-2016 08:34pm
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Must be fools !
Must be fools!                                                                                          Water is life. Abbay's water is enough for all. Egyptians will get enough share for their needs. We tried to tell them that they will never get a shortage of water, but they kept on  worrying  themselves to death. Impact studies on Abbay has been done by the two French firms, presentng a positive result. But it makes Egypt's worry  so high that they  began revising  the study reaptedly. Their concern is GERD, over looking it's benefit. Their fear might probably be reasonable, but what is not is their idea of war. Do they really think they will win if they make war on us? Didn't they learn nothing from their  previous defeat? They must be fools!  A  Big fool really !!!                              Thank you.                                                 Yared Seyoum.                                            
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G/tsadkan Kebede
05-02-2016 02:15pm
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The water of Nile is Enuogh for both countries
Water is the gift of God.Ethiopia is the land of God.History tells us we have a long aged relationships /between Ethiopia and Egypt /especially ,in the Orthodox Church.Even Ethiopia is the first country in the world where the holy 'Quran' has read during the Hijra when Prophet Mohammad flight from Mecca to Medina and gives a shelter and saved them from the Qurash their enemies. there fore, Ethiopia treats both the Christians and Muslims equally.so Ethiopia is that the land of God.and water is the gift of God.Based on this fact the people and the Government of Ethiopia know this well.there fore , our brothers and sisters of Egypt should trust up on your brothers and sisters of Ethiopia that The Water Of Nile is much enough for Three of us , The Sudanese , Egyptians and Ethiopians in general for the upper and lower riparian country .We need all only to pray that his Almighty God to give us enough rain in addition to our efforts to environmental protections
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teddy
31-01-2016 07:00pm
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always it baffled me when Egyptian talk about military option, as if they ever win any war on their entire history. Egypt will not stop us to build this dam and Egypt will not win any war if we ever go to the war any kind.
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connie
30-01-2016 11:23pm
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French Involvement
The french sold 4 fighter jets to Egypt and are now offering to help in assessing the dam? Very interesting!
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Lou
30-01-2016 09:02pm
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Dam
No country in the world entertain the concern of Egypt beyond it's own. Ethiopia has been doing that from dAy one. In reality that poor country cannot even feed it's people. Egyptian officials have to come to their sense and not forcing Ethiopia to go to the other direction. The world knows no one can stop Ethiopia from using their own resources to better the life of its people. Egypt must know can't dictate Ethiopia.so far Ethiopia is doing what it's supposed to do.No harm win win for all countries that's goodwill of Ethiopia not because Egypt threatening of war. "Remember the Ethiopian king emperor Haile Selassie his vision was the Nile water must reach to the people of israel "
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CheE
30-01-2016 05:10pm
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The war is not option
Dear you ask the ambassador if there is waging war against Ethiopia on GERD Dam. Your ambassador refused to tell if the war will start. Ethiopia isn't signatory your 80 % of controlling the river. If the war starts, all tributaries of Abay (Nile) river inside Ethiopia will be channeled and reoriented to other direction. Egyptian will lose the river for good. I hope you will not start the war. The war cramped Egyptian politics and Economy. Who gave you the mandate to evaluate whether Ethiopia breached your law. Ethiopia is a sovereign country.
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gemal
30-01-2016 02:17pm
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GRED
Hanafi refuted any Egyptian intention to launch a military operation against Ethiopia, affirming that such an option is never on the table, especially because the Ethiopian “brothers” said that they don’t want to harm Egypt and its people. funny, still you are thinking about war and you are looking yourself as super power.
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Al
30-01-2016 01:42am
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Study and review the OFFER ...
With this lightening pace the dam would be constructed, operated, and leaking; while the Egyptians are debating the impact of the dam, and the French would still be debating should they cancel the offer for absence of wine at the lunch meeting!
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