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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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Sudan rejects Ethiopia’s partial Agreement proposal on filling dam

14 May

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

On Tuesday the Sudanese Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources announced that Sudan had rejected an Ethiopian proposal to sign a partial agreement on filling the Renaissance Dam Lake, which is expected to start next July.

In a written statement distributed to the media, the ministry announced that Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok communicated to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Sudan’s position on the proposal, in correspondence that was intended as a response to a letter previously sent by the Ethiopian prime minister.

The statement added: “We consider that signing any partial agreement for the first stage cannot be approved due to the technical and legal aspects, which must be included in the in the accord first, and which are determined by the coordination mechanism, data exchange, the safety of the dam, and environmental and social impacts.”

The statement quoted Hamad Saleh, Sudan’s chief negotiator, stating: “Most of the issues are still under negotiation, the most important of which are the coordination mechanism, data exchange, the safety of the dam and environmental and social impacts that are closely related not only to the first filling of the lake, but to all the rest of the stages and long-term operations, and therefore the agreement cannot be fragmented.”

Ethiopia: Dam dispute stokes anti-Egypt feelings

In his letter, Hamdok emphasised his position on reaching a tripartite agreement between Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia, stressing that: “The way to reach a comprehensive agreement is the immediate resumption of negotiations.”

In 2011, Ethiopia started building a six billion US dollar-dam on the Blue Nile, the main branch of the Nile.

The Renaissance Dam raised the concerns of Sudan and Egypt, in terms of affecting their supply of the Nile water. Since that date, the three countries have entered into negotiations to agree on limiting the impact of the Ethiopian dam on both Sudan and Egypt.

Last February, Ethiopia refused to sign a proposal for an agreement submitted by the US, which was involved in the negotiations last November as a mediator alongside the World Bank Group (WBG), to solve the differences between the three countries.

Saleh pointed to a Sudanese attempt to resume negotiations with reference to “the Washington track”, explaining: “We are expecting to see the results of those contacts by resuming negotiations soon.”

/Middle East Monitor

 

 

 

 

 

የኢትዮጵያ ድንበር ኮሚቴ ሱዳን ወታደሮቿን ከኢትዮጵያ ግዛት እንድታወጣ ጠየቀ!

29 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

 

Ethiopian Border Affairs Committee requests the Sudan to withdraw its forces from Ethiopian territory!

 

 

 

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Al-Burhan pledges to defend Sudan’s territory during visit to border area with Ethiopia!

Arab paper claims Ethiopian occupation of a part of Sudan’s border area

 

 Swearing in the name of democracy, the incredible ties between the Abiy government and the Ethiopian media, leaves much to be desired.  Take notice from this news report by Fana and the report by other international sources:

 

On April 8, The Sudan Tribune reports:

April 8, 2020 (GEDAREF) – In a speech delivered near the Ethiopian border, the head of Sudan’s Sovereign Council, Abdel-Fattah al-Burhan, declared that the armed forces will vigorously defend the country’s borders.

Residents of the area told Sudan Tribune, on Wednesday that the Ethiopian army has begun to penetrate into Sudanese territory, and has distributed Sudanese lands to Ethiopian farmers.

Accompanied by senior army officers, al-Burhan travelled to the border area of ??Doka, where the army deployed troops recently, amid reports of military build-up on the other side of the border.

He paid a visit to the headquarters of forces deployed on the Sudanese-Ethiopian border, where he was briefed about the security situation in the area.

The head of the Sovereign Council was accompanied by Chief of Staff Staff Major General Mohamed Osman al-Hassan, the Director of the General Intelligence Service Jamal al-Din Abdel Majeed, and a number of army senior officers.

 

Comes April 9, Abiy’s office told their mouthpiece, so-called Ethiopian media, Fana the following:

Abiy held phone calls with Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan, Chairman of the Sovereign Council of Sudan. Then Abiy explained to the Ethiopian people: “We discussed working closely together to address COVID19 challenges; strengthening economic ties to overcome this difficult period; and championing the lifting of sanctions placed on Sudan” fanabc.com/…/pm-hold-talks-with-sudans-sovereign-council-chairman 

What is cooking between Abiy and the Sudan’s new leadership? Sudan has seized Ethiopian territory!

  • Who is spinning the Sudan? The answer is Egypt and the other Arab League members!

 

In Sudan, on March 9, 2020 Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok escaped unharmed from attempt to eliminate him in the morning while he was traveling to his office. The question is who plan is it?

Who is the culprit? The evidence seems to trail Egypt!

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Arab paper claims Ethiopian occupation of a part of Sudan’s border area

27 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

The Chairman of Sudan’s Sovereignty Council has revealed that Ethiopian forces and militias have seized a large part of his country’s territory along the border.

“There are old problems. Herders have lost their livestock and farmers have lost their lands. The armed forces had nothing to do but to protect them because the Ethiopians imposed their presence,” explained Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan in an interview broadcast on Saturday on official Sudanese TV.

Al-Burhan’s announcement was the first admission by a Sudanese official of the Ethiopian occupation of agricultural land in Gedaref Governorate in the east of Sudan. He confirmed that a Sudanese soldier was killed and two others were injured during a recent cross-border attack by Ethiopian militias.

Earlier this month, Al-Burhan accompanied the Army Chief of Staff, the Director of the Intelligence Service and other senior army officers as they inspected the 2nd Infantry Division stationed along the border with Ethiopia. At the time, the Chairman of the Sovereignty Council said that the army is fully prepared to protect Sudanese citizens and lands and stressed that the armed forces will never fail in their duty.

Two days later, Ethiopia’s Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Adam Mohamed, arrived in Khartoum, accompanied by a number of senior military officers. He held talks with Al-Burhan and also met with Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. The two officials agreed to control the border and curb transnational crimes, reaching a “full and lasting understanding to secure joint borders.”

On 30 March, the Sudanese army was redeployed, after an absence of nearly 25 years, in Al-Fashaqa Al-Sughra on the border with Ethiopia. The area is disputed by the two countries and is witnessing occasional tension due to criminal activities.

/Middle East Monitor

ሕገ ወጦችና ሠባሪ ኃይሎች የነገሡባት ኢትዮጵያ፤ ለሥልጣን በሃገር ሉዓላዊነት የሚደራደር መንግሥት!

16 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

https://twitter.com/EthiopiaMoment/status/1250454967569219585

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Al-Burhan pledges to defend Sudan’s territory during visit to border area with Ethiopia!

14 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

April 8, 2020 (GEDAREF) – In a speech delivered near the Ethiopian border, the head of Sudan’s Sovereign Council, Abdel-Fattah al-Burhan, declared that the armed forces will vigorously defend the country’s borders.

Residents of the area told Sudan Tribune, on Wednesday that the Ethiopian army has begun to penetrate into Sudanese territory, and has distributed Sudanese lands to Ethiopian farmers.

Accompanied by senior army officers, al-Burhan travelled to the border area of ??Doka, where the army deployed troops recently, amid reports of military build-up on the other side of the border.

He paid a visit to the headquarters of forces deployed on the Sudanese-Ethiopian border, where he was briefed about the security situation in the area.

The head of the Sovereign Council was accompanied by Chief of Staff Staff Major General Mohamed Osman al-Hassan, the Director of the General Intelligence Service Jamal al-Din Abdel Majeed, and a number of army senior officers.

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በውሃ ክፍፍል የሕዳሴው ግድብ ዝቅተኛ የኢትዮጵያ መደራደሪያ ነጥብ የቱ ነው: 31 ኪሜ ወይስ 37?

15 Mar

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

ከ31 ቢሊየን ሜትሪክ ኪዩብ ማለፍ የለብንም ይላሉ ባለሙያዎች፣ የድርድሩ ቡድን መሪ የተለየ ሃሣብ አላቸው!

 

ዋዜማ ራዲዮ– አሜሪካ በታላቁ የኢትዮጵያ ህዳሴ ግድብ ውሀ አሞላልና አለቃቅ እንዲሁም በድርቅ ማካካሻ ላይ ኢትዮጵያ ግብጽና ሱዳንን ለማደራደር የሄደችበት መንገድ ችግር ከገጠመው በኋላ ኢትዮጵያ በራሷ የስምምነት ሰነድ እያዘጋጀች መሆኑ ተነግሯል። በፈረንጆቹ አቆጣጠር የካቲት ወር መጨረሻ ይፈረምበታል የተባለው ሰነድ ከመፈረም የተረፈው የኢትዮጵያው የውጭ ጉዳይ ሚኒስትር ገዱ አንዳርጋቸው በራሳቸው ተነሳሽነት ወደ ዋሽንግተን ለዚህ ጉዳይ አልሄድም በማለታቸው መሆኑን ዋዜማ ራዲዮ ሰምታለች። አሜሪካ ያዘጋጀችው የስምምነት ሰነድ ላይ ኢትዮጵያ አልፈርምም ማለቷ ተገቢ ውሳኔ በመሆኑ ከበርካታ ዜጎች ይሁንታን አግኝቷል።

አሁንም ግን በኢትዮጵያ በኩል እየተዘጋጀ ነው የተባለው የታላቁ ህዳሴ ግድብ የውሀ አያያዝና አለቃቀቅ ሰነድ ላይም እየተነሱ ያሉና መስተካከል ያለባቸው ይዘቶች እንዳሉ ዋዜማ ራዲዮ ለሙያው ቅርብ ከሆኑ ምንጮቿ ሰምታለች። በነዚህ ይዘቶች ላይም በውሀ መስኖና ኤነርጂ ሚኒስትሩ ስለሺ በቀለና በተዋቀረው የተደራዳሪዎች ቡድን መካከል ክርክሮች እንዳሉ መረዳት ችለናል።

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Sudan refuses to endorse Arab League resolution supporting Egypt in Nile dam dispute; Ethiopia’s response!

6 Mar

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

The Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported that Sudan had reservations about a draft resolution reached by the council of Arab Foreign Ministers, affirming the Arab League’s solidarity with the position of Egypt and Sudan regarding the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam as downstream countries.

MENA quoted sources saying that during the meeting of the council of Arab Foreign Ministers on Wednesday Egypt submitted a draft resolution issued by the Arab League expressing solidarity with Egypt and Sudan regarding the Renaissance Dam, taking into account the interests of the downstream countries. The Sudanese side was informed in advance of the draft decision to consult on it while confirming that this decision supports the position of the downstream states of Egypt and Sudan, and reflects Arab support for the water rights of both countries.

The sources said that Sudan asked not to include their name in the decision, and added that the decision is not in Sudan’s interest, nor is permissible to include the Arab League. They also expressed concerns over a possible confrontation between Ethiopia and Arab countries as a result of this decision.

According to the sources, most Arab delegations stated that supporting Egypt and Sudan is not aimed at confronting other parties, but rather it is an obligation that must be performed in connection with a file that threatens Arab national security.

The sources pointed out that the Arab delegations were surprised that Sudan maintained its conservative position even after the name of Sudan was deleted from the draft resolution, as it was limited to protecting the water interests of Egypt. The Sudanese side sought to empty the draft of its content, while the other Arab parties emphasised the feasibility and importance of this decision.

At the end of the session, the draft resolution was adopted without amendment, with Sudan formally withdrawing from it.

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Meantime, Ethiopia has rejected the “Resolution” of the Executive Council of the Arab League issued yesterday regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

“Ethiopia rejects the “Resolution” in its entirety,” said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement today

According to the Ministry, the “Resolution” gives blind support to a member state without taking into consideration key facts at the center of the GERD talks.

Ethiopia, however, commended the stance taken by the Government of Sudan for refusing to endorse the “Resolution” of the Arab League.

“Sudan has once again demonstrated its position of being a voice of reason and justice in the latest orchestrated so-called “Arab League position” on the GERD,” the statement added.

Ethiopia expressed its profound appreciation to Sudan’s principled position that helps advance win-win solutions for all the parties involved, through a commitment to open dialogue.

The statement further said “Ethiopia’s relations with the peoples’ and governments of member states of the Arab League are longstanding based on common values, deep rooted cultural ties and traditions.”

“The relationship demonstrated the power of justice in the face of adversity, sanctuary in the face of persecution, cooperation at the time of need, and friendly relations during alienation

“As an institution composed of sovereign countries, the League is expected to follow an approach that allows an accurate representation of facts and balances all interests involved.

“When acting contrary to this norm, the credibility of the League and its ability to promote peace, stability, and cooperation in the increasingly globalized world is at risk.”

Ethiopia reiterated its longstanding and firm position as expressed by successive governments that it “has the right to use its Nile water resources to meet the needs of the present and future generations.”

As the Nile is a transboundary water resource, Ethiopia is committed to the principles of equitable and reasonable use, not causing significant harm and that of cooperation, the statement added

“We firmly believe that through continued open and transparent dialogue there is great potential to arrive at an amicable solution. Hegemonic posturing is unproductive and need not have a place in our interdependent global order.”

“Ethiopia is also firmly committed to the Agreement on the Declaration of Principles (DoP) which provides the basis for the first filling and annual operation of the GERD. The DoP provides that first filling will be done in parallel with the construction of the GERD.

“Ethiopia is confident that the Arab League will live up to the standard of objectivity and the longstanding relations and common values in its engagements with Ethiopia.”

Finally, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Ethiopia is keen to a strengthened partnership and to work closely on common goals.

 

 

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