Dehai News Egypt Warns Ethiopia against Holding Nile ‘Hostage’

Posted by: Berhane Habtemariam

Date: Wednesday, 27 January 2021

The Egyptians hadn't consulted or asked permission to Ethiopia or any Counties on the Nile Basin, when they had constructed the Aswan Dam 50 years ago. The Sudan had done the same as their Egyptian compatriots too.
So, why Ethiopia should ask the Egyptians and Sudan's permission or negotiate with them to contruct and complete the "Great Abay Dam", where 80℅ of the water flows from Ethiopian Soil? The Ethiopians have the full right to construct any Dam in their own country with out asking any foreign countries/Powers. The Ethiopians shouldn't even invite them to negotiate on their internal affairs.
Therefore, the Ethiopians should continue to construct and complete the "Great Abay Dam" and another Dams, withdraw from a tricky negotiation with Egypt and Sudan and kick them out altogether!!!
BerhaneMeskel Habtemariam
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry. (AFP file photo)
Cairo - Mohammed Abdo Hassanein
Wednesday, 27 January, 2021 - 09:15

Egypt warned Ethiopia against prolonging the negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), saying it should not continue to build the dam without reaching an agreement that addresses its fears regarding its share of the Nile River.


Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry asserted that his country does not negotiate for the sake of negotiating, stressing that Egypt will not accept the consolidation of the status quo on the ground.


Egypt will not be a hostage to the efforts to impose hegemony on the Nile River, he declared before parliament.


Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan have been holding negotiations to resolve the dispute over the GERD for about ten years, without reaching an agreement despite the involvement of the United States, World Bank and African Union.


Egypt and Sudan are demanding a “legally binding” agreement that regulates the filling and operating of the dam, which is built on the main tributary of the Nile, and its reservoir capacity is set to reach about 74 billion cubic meters.


Shoukry explained that Cairo seeks a just and balanced GERD agreement that ensures the preservation of Egypt's interests and water rights.


He pointed out that his country participated in several rounds sponsored by the United States and World Bank, which led to an integrated agreement on the dam, which Egypt initialed.


Ethiopia refused to sign the agreement and proceeded unilaterally to fill the reservoir as a first stage.


Egypt referred the file to the United Nations Security Council, which held a session in June in a historical precedent, to discuss the political and technical implications of GERD.


This is the first time the Security Council discusses an issue related to the use and exploitation of water resources and transboundary rivers.


Shoukry said that this move was followed by a series of negotiations under the auspices of the African Union.


Egypt engaged in the negotiations as a tool to reach a fair agreement that would preserve its water rights, stressed the minister.


Egyptian diplomacy also culminated in two decisions during the Arab League ministerial meeting in 2020 and which expressed Arab solidarity with Cairo’s fight for its water rights.


Shoukry said that state agencies are following up on the developments related to the dam on a daily basis, adding that Egypt is keen on maintaining its relations with its African neighbors, especially Ethiopia.


Unfortunately, Ethiopia is so far unwilling to negotiate a real solution, said Shoukry, stressing that Cairo will continue to work to reach a solution that preserves its water rights.

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