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It is pointless not to acknowledge Ethiopia's dam: Egypt minister

Minister Sameh Shoukry said that Egypt is not dealing with the dam issue 'on the basis of suspicion, doubt and exaggerated risks'

Ahram Online , Wednesday 1 Jun 2016
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File photo: Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry attends a press conference on January 13, 2016 in Berlin (AFP)
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Egypt's foreign affairs minister said Tuesday that the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam has become a reality and that it is "pointless to bury our heads in the sand by not acknowledging a tangible physical reality."

Minister Sameh Shoukry, speaking on the Egyptian El-Hayat TV channel Tuesday night, stated that Egypt is not dealing with the dam "on the basis of suspicion, doubt and exaggerated risks."

Egypt has longed maintained that the dam – currently under construction on the Blue Nile in Ethiopia's highlands –would affect its supply of Nile water.

However, he did emphasise that "there are definitely clear risks [to Egypt], and we are discussing them with our Ethiopian and Sudanese partners" to reach an agreement on how to deal with any harm to Egypt.

The minister did not elaborate on the nature of these risks.

Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia are currently conducting impact studies on the dam.

There is a "transformation," according to Shoukry, in Ethiopia's approach to the matter ever since the signing of the Malabo agreement in June 2014; signed by Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia.

The agreement maintained Ethiopia's rights to development.

The foreign affairs minister described that the agreement was a "turning moment," that made Ethiopia willing to join in talks.

Prior to the Malabo agreement, Ethiopia was reluctant to join talks over doubts about Egypt's intentions and goals, Shoukry added.

In June 2013, Egypt's president at the time, Mohamed Morsi, gave a speech on the threats of the dam, saying that a dialogue is the "best means of resolving the crisis."

However, the now-ousted Morsi had also said that a committee had been drawn up to prepare Egypt for the "defence of its security from any possible threat."

Last week, Ethiopian communication Minister Getachew Reda, speaking to Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper, said Dam has become a "reality," and "no matter what happens, things will not change."

He added that 50 percent of construction work on the dam had been completed and most of the dam's civil engineering projects were complete.

“When turbines are installed, 70 percent of the project will be complete,” he stated.

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Yared Seyoum
07-07-2016 02:58pm
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Not yet!!
Not yet!!                                                                                            It's nice to see Egypt coming to her sense. She is the big reason for our poverty.  The homework she had given us, wasn't  an easy task to solve. She has a lot to pay yet!!                                   Thank you.                                                 Yared Seyoum.                                  
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Dr. Engida Zewdie
08-06-2016 07:25pm
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truth finally understood
Mr. Minister You are the right-minded person. You might have come to Ethiopia, talked to people here and might have also understood we are not against Egypt's interest. You also know that we are not condemned to live in eternal darkness and poverty. We have to share the common resource and live together peacefully. As a major power in North East Africa, positive views from your country are the most welcome. May God bless all of us.
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ALI
04-06-2016 06:03pm
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diplomatic coup of ethiopia
Well...grand Ethiopian renaissance dam is just only the beginning of all others on nile in all of nile basin countries,the dams in ethiopia has broken up already the water agreement between egypt&sudan. Sudan is now half there to join ENTBBE agreement
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Ethiopia
04-06-2016 10:37am
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"Our slogan is Peace love and prosperity for all human in the world"
Don't worry Minister Sameh shoukry and our Egyptian brothers and Sisters,As you know from our history We Ethiopian are not greedy not only the water of Abay but also you will benefited from electric current that we have produced from the Dam.So,don't worry again and again.After producing the electric power Abay water flow through out the year to reach Sudan and you.
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Jirabdin Hunddarra
02-06-2016 10:34pm
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False sense of oqnerdhip
Abay is an international river. Ethiopia should stop this false sense of ownership mentality on an international river, Abay.
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Ali
02-06-2016 05:23pm
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Solution is cooperation.
If Egyptians don't plan in advance and come up with new solutions to their water problem, they are "burying their head in the sand." The world as a whole should acknowledge that we are in the middle of a coming disaster of water shortage. Even if they Egyptians get every drop of Nile water from they need more water now and in the future. . Since their water need is accelerating, they have to forge a scientific, creative way to get it. In the long term, GERD in reality will never hurt their water supply but could help them jump start their creative aspiration for other means of meeting their water needs. They and the world at large has to invest in the frontier of finding a new method for its water supply.
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Tamene
02-06-2016 12:26pm
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Good to hear this news
Egyptian authorities are so arrogant that they want to use Nile only for themselves. They think that they have every right to develop Nile but not others. They don't even hesitate to go beyond the limit & make all kinds of noises over the media. They don't spend a minute on coming up with scientific solutions for their water needs. All they know is just bragging all over the place that their country is the gift of Nile & they have "historical right." They even tend to deny that Nile is not their sole property. They don't understand what mutual coexistence takes in the present day reality. Currently, however, it seems they are waking up and say some positive things. They are working to recycle water and even went a little further to say that they have to acknowledge EGRD because it appears that the dam a reality. It is now time to engage their water engineers to come up with appropriate scientific water technology solutions instead of spending their time and money on selfish strategies.
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Melashu Adgo
02-06-2016 09:34am
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GERD is coming into a reality!!!
Yes.The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam has become a reality and no one could reverse it by any means!!!Because it is time for Ethiopia to use its share from the Nile or Abay river as Egypt was using it for the past 5000 years starting from the time of Pharaohs.But still Nile is enough for each neighboring country.Wisdom comes here :"all need to use the Nile river in a cooperative manner!!Arguments and disagreements are not useful at this time.Because they harm each neighboring nation.The only option is to work together in love. U Egyptians don't be jealous of the development of your neighboring country if u want to be blessed. Instead come and invest in Ethiopia. And allow Ethiopians to come and invest in your country. In this way u can share blessings with one another. Remember that this is a period of Globalization and cooperation!!"
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mohammes naser
02-06-2016 09:03am
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testaya
Egypt doesn't have them teeth it once had. End of them game here PERIOD!!!!
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yaki
02-06-2016 06:38am
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Ethiopia
Egyptians are not Africans. They crossed the Red sea and came to us. They should go back to Saudi Arabia
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