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History Will Judge [Ethiopian] Negotiators on GERD [Will It?]

20 May

Posted by The Ethiopia observstory (TEO )

By Addis Fortune, February 8, 2020

Belatedly, negotiators over the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (DERD) took the rare gesture in explaining to the public the positions they have taken during tough talks with their counterparts from Sudan and Egypt. They faced a select group of people gathered at the Hyatt Regency Hotel late last week, in a forum organised by the Institute for Strategic Studies (ISA), after their return from Washington, D.C., the capital of the convener and the headquarters of the World Bank.

To their disappointment, the damage has already been done. Public perception has already been formed, seeing the negotiators in disfavour, believing that they have compromised Ethiopia’s national interest under duress from the US government and the World Bank. The Hyatt session was an attempt to redress this and assure the public that no document will be signed if it is deemed against Ethiopia’s interests. Indeed, the team, led by Seleshi Bekele (PhD), minister of Water, Irrigation & Energy, has delved into plenty of technical details to make its point and appealed for public understanding.

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Grand Nile compromise—a Sisyphean task?

22 Mar

Egypt and Ethiopia are unlikely to strike terms over GERD without agreeing a new legal framework governing the Nile Basin (Credit: Ethiopia Insight)

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

By Ethiopia Insight

Egypt and Ethiopia are unlikely to strike terms over GERD without agreeing a new legal framework governing the Nile Basin

Disagreement over the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) has sparked new tensions between Ethiopia and Egypt, with some even warning of an African water war.

Ethiopia recently rejected Egypt’s proposal on the filling and operation of the GERD. In a growing diplomatic spat, Egypt warned Ethiopia not to move forward with the filling and operation of GERD, saying that it “will have negative consequences for the stability in the region.”

Egypt also said the GERD negotiations have reached a deadlock, calling for international interventions to overcome the impasse. Ethiopia, on the other hand, “accused Egypt of trying to maintain its [colonial era] grip over the waters of [the] Nile,” and dismissed Cairo’s call for international mediation.

Although disguised in talks over filling and operation of GERD, the current tension between the two countries is mainly related to their longstanding dispute over the validity of the colonial and 1959 agreements [the ‘Nile Water Agreements’].

Cairo wants Ethiopia to guarantee the supplies allocated to it under the Nile Water Agreements and to ensure adequate water for Egyptian power generation and irrigation. But Ethiopia has long rejected the validity of these Agreements. Addis Ababa also fears that accepting the Egyptian demand will put “ GERD hostage to High Aswan Dam [HAD]”, the Egyptian facility completed in 1970.

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Ethiopian attempt to begin filling Renaissance Dam may scupper deal with Egypt and Sudan, say experts

13 Nov

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Arab News

“Egypt, on the other hand, demanded filling the reservoir over a period of nine years.”

CAIRO: There are fears that a unilateral attempt by Ethiopia to begin filling a huge new dam on the Nile will lead to the failure of technical discussions with Egypt and Sudan.

Disagreements between Ethiopia and Egypt on filling the reservoir and generating power within a few months on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), which will be the largest in Africa, could not be resolved during the Tripartite National Technical Committee’s meeting, which brought together the Egyptian, Sudanese and Ethiopian ministers of water and was held in Addis Ababa on Oct. 19.
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Nile River regional ministers fail to reach agreement on Ethiopian dam studies report

13 Nov

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by AhramOnline
Egypt’s Minister of Irrigation Mohamed Abdel-Ati said on Sunday that participants in the tripartite ministerial meeting held in Cairo to discuss a preliminary studies report on the regional impact of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam have failed to reach a consenus, state-run MENA news agency reported.
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Deltares withdraws from commissioned studies of Ethiopia’s dam: Could this mire GERD in further difficulties?

11 Sep

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO

This time around, it has become like the story of a patient the causes of whose ill-disposed health her physician(s) could not easily diagnose.
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Ethiopia, Egypt & Sudan select firms to do GERD impact studies

10 Apr

Editor’s Note:

    The TPLF media have reported that Ethiopia-nominated French firm BRL Engineering has been selected to undertake the two main studies (Hydrology simulation Model and Transboundary Environmental Impact Assessment Study -IPoE). It is understood from the news report Egypt seems to have favored Dutch co Delta Raze to do the modelling work as subconsultant.

    Interestingly, in its April 9 article, Ahram had already stated, citing a source in Egypt’s water and irrigation ministry, “A French consultancy firm is likely to be selected to carry out new water and environmental studies on Ethiopia’s controversial Grand Renaissance Dam.” Was there an a priori understanding?


Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Water ministers in Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan selected on Thursday two international consultancy firms to conduct studies determining the impact of Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam, which has caused tensions over regional Nile river water shares.
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Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan to choose Renaissance dam consultancy firm

9 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Egypt’s Irrigation and Water Resources Minister Hossam Moghazi landed in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Wednesday for a fifth meeting over the contested Ethiopian dam.
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Reaction to: Perspectives on the Declaration of Principles regarding GERD by four Ethiopian scholars

8 Apr

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Since the signing of the Khartoum Declaration (henceforth referred to as KD) between Ethiopia, Egypt and the Sudan on March 23, 2015, we have witnessed the widespread skepticisms and torrents of sharp criticisms most educated Ethiopians have reserved for the agreement.
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