Egypt says agrement reached on fresh perspective needed on impact of Ethiopia’s Blue Nile dam

27 Aug

Editor’s Note:

    The Ethiopian delegation to the fourth round of talks on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) has no word about the meeting, even after it is reported the one-day session is over. It could not even approach the media and pronounce the conclusion that a consultancy company would undertake study to establish GERD’s impact on the two lower riparian nations.

    On the other hand, the Egyptian and Sudanese ministers are the ones that expressed their take on the negotiations. Where does this leave Ethiopia as an independent nation, whose action on the Nile has been the agenda item for the meeting.

    All said and done, as a nation and because of that Ethiopians have to wait to get Ethiopia’s confirmation or denial until the delegation returns home and gets clearance from the TPLF.

    For now, in this modern world of instant communications, Ethiopians still have to rely on the Egyptian media and the delegation from Cairo as their sources of information to understand what transpired this Tuesday at the Khartoum talks between Ethiopia, Egypt and the Sudan, who gathered to talk about Ethiopia’s GERD.

    This is a diplomatic coup for Egypt. Have you seen the Ahram story, which says the Egyptian minister was asked about his counterpart’s reaction – the Ethiopian minister? Speaking for Ethiopia, the Egyptian minister says, “Ethiopia agreed to be bound by the findings of the consultancy company”!!!

    What more is ace international diplomacy than this?

    Egypt has been allowed to spin the story howsoever it wants, including the process or any new ideas in the negotiations thereon in the Sudanese capital this Tuesday. The truth this paints about this phase of the negotiations is authored by Egypt, with TPLF’s permission! A nation with long history of independence has lowered its head as expressionless dependent dominion, for whom and on whose behalf Egypt must speak!

    Google about this meeting: Ethiopian negotiators have said no word to the press at the end of the meeting. It appears they cannot do it before the clearance from Addis Abeba. After all, whatever they may utter later on there is the TPLF’s Reporter.

    In the meantime, Egypt fills the world with its truth and its interpretation of the discussions in Khartoum.

    Sadly, the day after the Ethiopian delegation returns home and following the clearance the members of the negotiating team receive from the TPLF, the abuse of the public by an authoritarian media begins – as usual. The Ethiopian people would be subjected to barrage of propaganda. Walta and Fana, TPLF’s information firm together dubbed as WAFA, would then feed the Ethiopian people with braggadocio and the Front’s superb guidance!

    This is an unmistakable consequence of the highest degree of authoritarianism and its love of delusion that manifests itself in the form of information control and distortion. In a country where independent media has been obliterated, information suppression and its monopolization by the TPLF in such a manner has become Ethiopia’s great misfortune!

    What the TPLF fails to understand is that the world picks up Egypt’s uncontested reporting and its spin as the last word – record of the real event!

    Alas! This again is the truth about ‘Egypt’s Nile’, its water problems and the accompanying huge silence on Ethiopia’s right to have its real estate on its share of the world’s longest river!


Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Ahram Online

    Studies will be carried out within the next six months to assess the impact of Ethiopia’s hydroelectric dam on neighbouring countries

Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan’s irrigation ministers signed an agreement to conduct two studies to gauge the effects of Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam on its neighbouring countries, state-run news agency MENA reported on Tuesday.

The dam has been a source of concern for the Egyptian government since May 2013, when images of its construction stirred public anxiety about the possible impact on Egypt’s potable water supply.

A joint statement by the ministers after a two-day meeting in Khartoum revealed that the studies were suggested by the committee of international experts tasked to revise the dam’s impact.

An international consulting company will conduct the two studies.

A “national expert committee” will be formed to agree on the framework of conducting the studies. The committee, comprised of four experts from each of the three countries, has been given a six-month deadline starting from 1 September to formulate a timeframe to carry out the reports.

Ethiopia’s irrigation minister also invited his Egyptian and Ethiopian counterparts to visit the construction site of the dam in the near future.

Egypt’s Irrigation Minister Hossam El-Moghazi said that Ethiopia agreed to be bound by the findings of the consultancy company.

When asked about the declarations of his Ethiopian counterpart that the dam’s construction will go ahead as planned, El-Moghazi told reporters that Ethiopia will finish the first phase as scheduled by September 2015 and will then take into consideration the findings of the consultancy agency.

El-Moghazi also revealed that the meeting didn’t touch on technical details such as the dimensions or length of the dam needed to fill its reservoir as these items will be the responsibility of the committee.

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