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Under what authority can prime minister invite Egypt and Sudan to become GERD shareholders?

6 Nov

by Keffyalew Gebremedhin, The Ethiopia Observatory

The story currently fuming or confusing a good number of Ethiopians in the diaspora is the so-called “October initiative” by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. He is quoted more on the foreign media about having suggested that Egypt and the Sudan could become joint owners of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
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Mohamed Morsi: Outflanked by crises

6 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

by Dina Ezzat

As the first anniversary of his presidency approached, Mohamed Morsi was expected to face a strong show of discontent. Then suddenly things got worse.

Ethiopia’s weekend announcement that it is diverting the course of the Blue Nile, a preliminary move in the construction of a mega dam that many experts fear will reduce Egypt’s share of Nile water, was the beginning of a bad week for President Mohamed Morsi. The issue evolved into a terribly confused situation following the broadcast of a meeting that Morsi hosted at the presidential palace on Monday with a group of Islamist and liberal political figures to discuss the Ethiopian move.
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Diplomacy is the key; diversion of Blue Nile has come as wake-up call

6 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

by Doaa El-Bey

“The official reaction to the crisis is beyond my understanding. They did not even attempt to show a minimum degree of anger,” said Taha, a microbus driver in Cairo, in reaction to Addis Ababa’s decision to divert the Blue Nile.

Taha’s statement is a reflection of the popular reaction in Egypt that has been surprised by the country’s official reaction, which has appeared to be indifferent to the Ethiopian decision.
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Egypt, Ethiopia and the new dam: How best to serve Cairo’s interests

6 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

by Adel Amer, Director, Al-Masryeen Centre for Strategic Studies, Cairo

The Ethiopian dam project could constitute a threat to Egypt, but only if Ethiopia is pushed into going it alone, instead of being coaxed onto a different path by genuine cooperative aid.

Ethiopia has begun operations to divert a portion of the Blue Nile preparatory to the construction of a major dam. Although this project had been anticipated for many years and in spite of repeated assurances from Addis Ababa that it would not affect Egypt, the Ethiopian decision to commence operations triggered anger and alarm among Egyptian public opinion, reactions reminiscent of the Iraqi and Syrian responses to the Ataturk Dam project many years ago.
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Media war: Al Ahram accuses Ethiopia of hiding documents, conflicting panel’s report

6 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

by Reem Leila

The international panel of experts commissioned to report on the impact of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) has handed its findings to the governments of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt. The tripartite committee is composed of 10 experts, two each from Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt, and four from other countries.
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Egypt’s live TV coverage of Nile crisis meeting draws fire in Cairo

4 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

by Sherif Tarek, Ahram Online

Candid statements by Egyptian political figures regarding Ethiopia’s contentious Nile dam move – aired on live TV without their knowledge – draw scathing criticism, mockery from President Morsi’s detractors

A host of unguarded statements made at a meeting between Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and political figures held to discuss the Ethiopia dam ‘crisis’ have prompted a wave of criticism against Egypt’s already-under-fire government decision-makers.
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Expert panel report on Ethiopian dam released: Ethiopia signals need for consultations, as Egypt gravitates to int’l arbitration

2 Jun

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory

Today’s initial reaction by the Ethiopian government to outcome of the tripartite committee review of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam’s (GERD) impact primarily underlines two points: First, the government would in the coming days review the committee’s findings; and secondly, engage Egypt and the Sudan in consultations regarding additional measures that should be undertaken, as recommended by the experts.
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Egypt’s Shura Council blames cabinet for Ethiopian dam crisis

2 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

by Al-Masry Al-Youm

Liberal and non-Islamist members of the Shura Council, currently the sole legislative body in Egypt, held a press conference on Saturday to review the country’s options for resolving the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam crisis.
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