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Renaissance dam 30% complete: Ethiopian official
Project leader Semegnew Bekele says construction of Ethiopia's Renaissance Dam is progressing according to schedule
Ahram Online, Sunday 23 Feb 2014
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Renaissance Dam
Ethiopia's Great Renaissance Dam is constructed in Guba Woreda, some 40 km (25 miles) from Ethiopia's border with Sudan, June 28, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)

Thirty percent of Ethiopia's Renaissance dam is complete, project leader Semegnew Bekele has said.

Construction is progressing according to schedule, he added in comments reported by Aswat Masryia.  

The project has been a source of concern for the Egyptian government since May last year, when images of the dam's construction stirred public anxiety about its possible effects on Egypt's share of the Nile's water.

However, Bekele insisted the dam would serve Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia.  

Minister of Irrigation Mohamed Abdel-Motteleb told Al-Ahram daily newspaper that Egypt may send an official statement demanding construction of the dam be halted until a mutually agreeable solution is found.

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan formed a tripartite technical committee to study the possible effects of the dam.

But the committee's discussions were thwarted last December when Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir announced his support for the dam during a meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

Egypt has demanded that Ethiopia submit the dam's construction plans for assessment by international experts.

Ethiopian Irrigation Minister Alamayo Tegno said his country was already committed to the recommendations of an international committee of experts.

According to Walta information, an Ethiopian website, there are 7,500 workers and 500 experts from 25 countries working on the project.



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Alima
10-03-2014 05:19pm
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We are not fooling ourselves
Mr Marsy just ask yourself why do we need consent from you? You are just like the rest of other riparian countries who share the Nile. What makes you different from others? For years you used the Nile water just for yourself by fooling other's signing illegal agreed document with Britain and Sudan to own the Nile water which cause this attachment. Another point is Allah is the only God who gives blessing to humans not you. We have already blessed. We will complete this Dam what ever it cost because we started it we will complete it. There is a tale 'A cotton together can be a bridge' We Ethiopians are always together when need arise. We also respect our leaders.
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Egypt and nile
07-03-2014 06:49am
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Ethiopia: The Clash of Pax Britannica and Pax Africana Over the Nile River
Egypt's incessant insistence on its singular utilization, use and development of the Nile River remains a mantra, lingering on in north-eastern Africa as Egyptian politicians, opinion makers, academics and media continue to insist on the sacrosanctity of the exclusive entitlement of their country to the Nile waters. This, of course, was implanted under the shade of the Pax Britannica, long gone except in Egypt. Equally, it is an insistence that appears incompatible with the Pax Africana to which the upstream states subscribe and which promotes the equitable and fair, mutually beneficial usage and development of the Nile for all present and future generations. Implementation of the Pax Africana use of the Nile, however, is under pressure from the diplomatic and political armory of Egypt's version of the Pax Britannica, which in theory offered Egypt full utilization of the River Nile under colonial-era agreements of the last century. Egyptian presumptions about its control of the Nile
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Tourist Dilla
02-03-2014 12:57am
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we can choose either swim or sink together in the River Abay!!
cooperation is better than any act for Egypt!!
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hatu
01-03-2014 12:35am
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son of egypt and ethiopia
Ethiopians dream and sing for Nile their whole life and regret for not using it, in fact, it damaged Ethiopia due to the high amount of erosion. In the other hand, Egyptians used it and consider it as something belongs only to them. Now Ethiopia is firm to exploit, it shocks the Egyptian side and it's understandable for the reason I mentioned before. The best solution for the 2 countries now is to sit together and Ethiopia must provide a security that the dam shouldn't have an impact on the Egyptians side, even if it takes 20 years to fill it and in the other hand Egypt should stop behaving like kids as Morsi's speech and that has been caught by media during their internal meeting of the Egyptian authorities.
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Haha
28-02-2014 09:09am
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stupid
‘’After all, ask Ethiopians, does Egypt give away its natural oil and gas wealth to other countries for free? No, so why should Ethiopia permit its primary water resource to be freely accessed by others at the cost of its own pressing development needs?’’
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T Casey
24-02-2014 06:21am
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"Acting alone w/o consent of other nations.." BLA BLA BLA: Really?
"Acting alone without the consent of other nations which depend on Nile water is simply an international criminal act..." really? seriously? When the Aswan Dam was being build did Egypt not "Acting alone without the consent of other nations which depend on the Nile....." bla bla bla or did she humbly and mercifully consult with Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi or even with the country that supplies around 85% of the Nile River, Ethiopia? For the past 40 years Egypt has built many Dams on the Nile without ever consulting even ONCE with any Nile Basin country. Spare me these chest beating Egyptian Internet Paper Tigers. So instead of huffing and puffing and acting like a spoiled child sit down with all 11 Nile Basin Countries and come up with an equitable, fair and safe solution. Act like the great ancient CIVILIZED nation that you are and negotiate in good faith and not in this racist pompous attitude that is coming out of Egypt these days. LONG LIVE MOTHER ETHIOPIA
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Faysal
24-02-2014 02:22am
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The ship has sailed already...
After the Egyptian politicians were caught on live tv conspiring on Ethiopia, they have lost credibility as fair partners. Therefore, Ethiopia should just ignore the Egyptian threates and keep building the dam on the ABAY river. Egypt should really see that it better adopt efficient water utilisation; the sooner the better. Two initial measures might be: 1. Reconsider the viability of cultivating water-intensive crops like rice and wheat, or entertaining tens of tousands of golf courses in Egypt. 2. Reconsider the sustainability of the Aswan Dam. 10 billion cubic meters of water (11% of total) is lost to evaporation at Aswan dam.
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Masry
23-02-2014 09:35pm
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I can't believe the ignorance
Nobody is saying Ethiopia can't use it's resource . Use as much as you need. However you cannot divert the flow or try and control the amount that flows upstream. That will be the end of you fragile country and economy. Ethiopia had built multiple dams with the blessing of Egypt. This particular one will not be allowed because it's affects egypts national security. I'm sorry to say it again but stop being Israeli puppets. Work with us we will help you threaten our national security then you will be held accountable please don't make comical threats about military man for man fights that would be a joke and I'm sure it won't come to that.BTW I didn't know ahram had do many Ethiopian brothers and sisters as fans. I don't think I have ever read an Ethiopian paper .
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Al Sam
19-05-2014 04:07pm
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I can't believe ur stupidity & Arrogance
Egyptians can't beleive how poorly the way ur country responds to the international pressure given their rehtoric of 5000 years civilization....Especially the 2 wars with Israel.....so since then every weakness of the Egyptian state is defended as it is always israel's conspiracy against them...(so foolish people)...don't be arrogant Africans can rise even beyond Americans reach...while Egyptians crying their old song "it is always israel for all our miserable life"
Tem
11-04-2014 08:07am
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Why do you think it's ignorance
Dear Masry, Plz come down from your high horse, in this case actually Egyot will benefit from this dam as it will not be only seasonal water water sourse to Egypt, rather since Ethiopia doesn't have a choice in this matter the water will flow regularly to Egypt rather than on only 2 or 3 month of rainy season, about the military bravado I never knew Egypt was superior than Ethiopia, If my memory serves me well Ethiopia is the one country in the entire contenanet that has never been colonized, and if I am not mistaken Egypt was your master, anyway just for your ego lets say Egypt is superior, then what are you going to do when Ethiopia divert not only Nile, the entire 11 lakes and rivers tributaries, and use them for irregation.Please calm and think the consequence, offcourse I could make all sort of empty bravdo here, but I am not paper tiger like you.
Gajo
25-02-2014 02:36pm
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"Ethiopia had built multiple dams with the blessing of Egypt"? Utter rubish!
There has never been any consultation with Egypt on building any dam in Ethiopia. Ethiopia tried dialigue with Egypt with the construction the GERD and it seemd that no blessing is forthcoming. So this country has no option but go ahead with its plan. I am not saying this is the best option, but what can you do with ever beligerent Egypt.
nao
24-02-2014 11:17pm
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we are not ignorant
hey masry, first of all the dam was designed, funded and is being built entirely by ethiopians. and we are not ignorant because we agreed to study the impacts of the dam on the lower riparian countries and the panel of experts said it won't have significant effect on the lower riparian countries. is so what is the matter? what do you say about this?
Alemgena Taye
24-02-2014 03:47pm
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Simly an arrogance
Dear Masry! you tell us that we can not build this renaissance dam for security reasons. and you regard us as Israeli pupets. one can read your arrogance from your own comments above. stop blaming Israelis or others for dams in Ethiopia. just you have to open your eyes to see the realities. no one in the world can stop us to utilize our resources as far as they don't damage others. The rest are simply dreams.
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Tady
24-02-2014 08:44am
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Egyptian Should Know Who They Are
Egypt never support Ethiopipiaa, and they are a culprit behind all Ethiopian problems in the Past. Egypt can not and will not support any nation better solve your own mess back home. You are one of poor African country with a lot of broblem.
david
24-02-2014 06:56am
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The Ignorance is coming from you. What
Giving you some reality does not count as being ignorant! There must be something really wrong with you if you think the GERD is an Israeli plot. BTW, I'm American.
david
24-02-2014 06:34am
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Really?!
Masry,If you really think that to build a dam on the blue nile to improve people's lives makes Ethiopia an Israeli puppet, than you are in a state of paranoia.
Ben
24-02-2014 05:04am
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Are you kidding?
Are you kidding dude? Ethiopia doesn't need any ones approval to do whatever it want. It's not your biz to pick whose pupate Ethiopia to be. You are in a dream land. Sleep well.
LM
24-02-2014 12:09am
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Repeating the same lies over and over again won't make them true
There you go again... and again, repeating things that are factually incorrect. The dam is not built to divert a drop of water from Egypt. If that was the case, Sudan would be against the dam too. Egypt is not some god or priest over Egypt to give its "blessing" to anyone. If you still believe that Egypt should have the lion's share of the Nile than how can you say Ethiopia can use as much as it needs?
ALI
23-02-2014 10:52pm
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BS
THEN YOU EGYPT SHOULD SIGN ENTEBBE AGREEMENT SO THAT NO ONE CAN CONTROL OUR SHARED RESOURCE
Solomon T.
23-02-2014 10:17pm
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You are up for a rude awakening!
I could have said so much to blow some air out of your inflated ego but I would rather leave the facts on the ground speak for themselves…construction on the dam started in April 2011 and your officials have been doing everything they could to derail its progress but the dam is now at an irreversible stage…so if you had the power to ‘allow’ or dis-allow the project you must have wasted a golden opportunity long time ago!!!..If you think piling up hundreds of old F-16S a thousand miles away will scare the hell out of Ethiopians you are up for a rude awakening…please read a little bit of Ethiopian history and you may avoid making a fool out of yourself…
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david
23-02-2014 08:41pm
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Does not need Egypt's blessings
Masry, Ethiopia has the right to use the nile within its borders. They do not need the blessing of your country to build the dam. Instead of making threats of war like your country has in the past, how about advocating for a solution that both sides will benefit.
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david
23-02-2014 08:39pm
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Does not need Egypt's blessings
Masry, Ethiopia has the right to use the nile within its borders. They do not need the blessing of your country to build the dam. Instead of making threats of war like your country has in the past, how about advocating for a solution that both sides will benefit.
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