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Egypt offers partnership with Ethiopia on electricity projects to break stalemate in Nile dam talks

14 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Editor’s Note:

The word ‘partnership’ might sound attractive; but never when it comes from an errant Cairo that is unsure of itself.  Moreover, let no Ethiopian forget this came after Egypt has exhausted all its machinations to undermine Ethiopia. For that matter, this has come against repeated and senseless beating of its war drums, through whose instrumentality it hoped to restore long lost exploitative colonial privileges in Africa the British had bequeathed to it.

I hope today no Ethiopian officials would fall for this scam. I understand they may be exhausted by internal bickerings, part of which they have long heaped responsibility on Cairo for the cruel internecine conflicts. Even in the course of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) negotiations, Ethiopia has long identified Egypt as the culprit awaiting for opportunities to destabilize it.

Also it serves Ethiopia well to recall that Meles Zenawi had initially kept the GERD secret, codenamed Project X. I would venture to recall he had early on rejected any collaboration (joint administration of the dam) with Egypt in any form, which knowing Egypt so well he had wondered whether cantankerous Cairo might not begin to demand managerial status and the key to the turbines—without contributing a dime toward its construction.

Meles never trusted Cairo. Nor did he have any fear of reminding Egyptian leaders how incapable they are in understanding war that it’s never a game for adults nor are they ace at it. 

Finally see in Al-Monitor what Egypt means by partnership; it has come with a key phrase “…to start studies on an electricity linkage project with Ethiopia…”

Unable to live in peace and mutual respect with Ethiopia, is Egypt now looking for business opportunities?

First things first, pl-ea-se!

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Communiqué of the Extraordinary African Union Bureau Video-teleconference on GERD

28 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa of the Republic of South Africa, and Chairperson of the African Union (AU) convened a video-teleconference Meeting of the African Union (AU) Extraordinary Bureau of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government, on 26 June 2020, to discuss developments pertaining to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

All the Members of the Bureau participated in the video-teleconference Meeting as follows:
• His Excellency, President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo,
• His Excellency, President Abdel Fattah al Sisi of the Arab Republic of Egypt,
• His Excellency, President Uhuru Kenyatta of the Republic of Kenya,
• His Excellency, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of the Republic of Mali,

His Excellency, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmad of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, and His Excellency, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok of the Republic of Sudan, were invited to participate in the meeting. His Excellency, Moussa Faki Mahamat the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC)also participated in the Meeting.

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Egypt calls for UN intervention in talks on Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam

20 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Egypt on Friday called on the United Nations Security Council to intervene to restart talks on the $4 billion hydroelectric dam being built by Ethiopia on the Blue Nile near the border with Sudan.

Talks over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam were halted once again this week, this time only about a fortnight before its expected start-up.

“The Arab Republic of Egypt took this decision in light of the stalled negotiations that took place recently on the Renaissance Dam as a result of Ethiopian stances that are not positive,” the foreign ministry said in a statement on Friday.

The latest round of talks, which had started on June 9 over video conference, followed a previous round of negotiations in Washington, which ended without agreement in February.

OPINION: Is Sudan’s neutral stance hindering agreement over Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam?

Egypt, which is almost entirely dependent on the Nile for its freshwater supplies, sees it as a potentially existential threat. It is anxious to secure a legally binding deal that would guarantee minimum flows and a mechanism for resolving disputes before the dam starts operating.

The dam is the centrepiece in Ethiopia’s bid to become Africa’s biggest power exporter.

/ Middle East Monitor


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Arab League lends support to Egypt, Sudan in GERD talks

17 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

The United States’ National Security Council (NSC) said on Wednesday that it is time to reach a deal over Ethiopia’s disputed Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) before filling it with Nile River water.

In a tweet on its official account, the NSC said that “257 million people in east #Africa are relying on #Ethiopia to show strong leadership, which means striking a fair deal.”

“The technical issues have been resolved,” the NSC said, referring to the ongoing tripartite negotiations between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan, before adding that it’s “time to get GERD deal done before filling it with Nile River water!”  

Source: AhramOnline


The Arab League has lent its support to Egypt and Sudan in the ongoing negotiations with Ethiopia over the disputed Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), according to Hossam Zaki, the Arab League Deputy Secretary-General. 

In an interview with state-run Middle East News Agency (MENA), Zaki said, “The Egyptian handling of the GERD issue was very wise, but unfortunately, the Ethiopian side’s intransigence and procrastination brought us to this point.”

He added that he wished for the issue to be positively concluded through political negotiation.

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Ethiopia skips latest US talks with Egypt over dam dispute

26 Feb

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia will skip the latest round of U.S.-brokered talks this week on a disputed Nile dam project with Egypt and Sudan, the country’s water ministry announced Wednesday.

A final deal on the massive Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam had been expected this month, but U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in his Ethiopia visit last week that an agreement now might take months as “a great deal of work remains.”

The dispute over what will be Africa’s largest hydroelectric dam pits Ethiopia’s desire to pull millions out of poverty against Egypt’s concerns over a critical water supply.

Ethiopia will skip the talks in Washington on Thursday and Friday “because the country’s delegation hasn’t concluded its consultation with relevant stakeholders,” the ministry of water, irrigation and energy said on its Facebook page. “The decision has been communicated with the U.S. Treasury secretary.”

The announcement came amid widespread concerns in Ethiopia that its delegation has been pressured by the U.S. to reach a deal on $4.6 billion dam that is nearing completion. The U.S. became involved in the talks after Egypt’s invitation.

Egypt wants the dam to be filled more slowly to reduce restrictions on the flow of the Nile.

Ethiopia says the dam is needed to provide electricity for development. In January it announced that it will start filling the dam, now more than 70% complete, in July at the start of the rainy season.

“There was lots of discomfort recently due to the behavior and changing role of the U.S. among policy makers in Ethiopia,” political analyst Abel Abate Demissie told The Associated Press.


Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan to sign final agreement on GERD by end of February—Ahram report

1 Feb

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

In a separate statement, Egypt’s foreign ministry said following the conclusion of the four-day talks in Washington that the “American side has prepared a document for an agreement on the three above-mentioned issues; [where] only Egypt signed the document at the end of the meeting.”

It remains unclear which of the two other countries abstained from the signing of the US-prepared document.

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan will meet again in Washington on 12-13 February to approve the final version of the agreement in preparation for signing it by the end of February

(Ahram Cairo) Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan are set to sign a final agreement by the end of February on Addis Ababa’s Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), a joint statement by the three countries, the United States and the World Bank read late Friday, hoping to secure an agreement which has stirred months of conflict and a deadlock in talks.

The ministers of foreign affairs and water resources of the three countries agreed on a schedule for the filling plan; a mitigation mechanism for the filling of the GERD during drought, prolonged drought, and prolonged periods of dry years; and a mitigation mechanism for the annual and long-term operation of the GERD in drought, prolonged drought, and prolonged periods of dry years.

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