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Dam Row: Egypt, Ethiopia Hold Talks In Addis Ababa

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here http://demo.des.net.id/hospital/wp-includes/shortcodes.php geneva;”>This was revealed after a meeting between the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt, visit this site Mohamed Kamel Amr and his Ethiopian counterpart, order Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in Addis Ababa on Tuesday.


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The ministers reiterated their commitment to “strengthen their bilateral relations and coordinate their efforts to reach an understanding regarding all outstanding issues between both countries in a manner of trust and openness building on the positive developments of their relations.”


Both ministers underlined their desire to deepen their dialogue on a range of challenges that face the African continent in general and the Nile Basin region in particular.


“With regard to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, both ministers agreed, as per the Terms of Reference of the International Panel of Experts, to immediately initiate consultations among Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan, on how to move forward with the implementation of its recommendations, including the recommended studies to be conducted,” the statement read in part.


“In this regard, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia welcomed the Egyptian initiative to begin consultations amongst the Water Resources and Foreign Ministers of the three countries, at the technical and political levels, to ensure the implementation of the above-mentioned recommendations.”


The new development is a sign of hope that the dispute can be resolved peacefully.


The two countries’ leaders had stepped up rhetoric over the construction of the dam.


Egypt, a country which relies heavily on the waters of the Nile, protested the dam and its political leaders have discussed methods to sabotage it, including arming Ethiopian rebels.


“I confirm that all options are open to deal with this subject,” Egypt President Mohammed Morsi told hundreds of his supporters recently.


“If a single drop of the Nile is lost, our blood will be the alternative. We are not warmongers, but we will never allow anyone to threaten our security.”


An aide to the Ethiopian Prime Minister stated that Egypt is “…entitled to day dreaming” and cited Egypt’s past of trying to destabilize Ethiopia

Egypt and Sudan fear a temporary reduction of water availability due to the filling of the dam and a permanent reduction because of evaporation from the reservoir.


The reservoir volume is about equivalent to the annual flow of the Nile at the Sudanese-Egyptian border (65.5 billion cubic meter). This loss to downstream countries would most likely be spread over several years.


The dam will retain silt. It will thus increase the useful lifetime of dams in Sudan – such as the Roseires Dam, the Sennar Dam and the Merowe Dam – and of the Aswan High Dam in Egypt.


Experts say the beneficial and harmful effects of flood control would affect the Sudanese portion of the Blue Nile, just as it would affect the Ethiopian part of the Blue Nile valley downstream of the dam.


Museveni

Ugandan leader President Yoweri Museveni recently described as “commendable,” the work of the Government of Ethiopia of building dams for electricity in that country.


“This is what the whole of Africa needs to do. That is one reason the economy of Ethiopia has been growing in double digits. It is, therefore, advisable that the new Government of Egypt and some chauvinistic groups inside Egypt should not repeat the mistakes of the past Egyptian Governments,” he added.


Museveni said Africa will not allow Egypt to continue hurting Black Africans, warning “Egypt should not repeat mistakes of past leaders.”


The President was speaking shortly after the reading of the 2013/14 national budget at Kampala Serena Hotel on Thursday evening.


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Kamel expressed Egypt’s concerns regarding the possible effects of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on Egypt’s water use.


Tedros, on his part, assured his Egyptian counterpart that the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which will be used for power generation purposes, is being built in a way that addresses Egypt’s water security concerns.


In such context, both Ministers agreed to take into account the developmental interests of Ethiopia as well as the water security concerns of downstream countries.


They also in a spirit of brotherly relations and mutual understanding, agreed to embark on consultations at the technical and political levels, with the participation of the Republic of the Sudan, to implement in a speedy manner the International Panel of Experts’ recommendations.


In this context, the Tedros reiterated Ethiopia’s previous position, which is committed to a win-win approach as the basis for future cooperation.


At the end of their consultation, both sides agreed to “exert the maximum effort to strengthen the bilateral relations between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. “


Both ministers stressed the need to continue the dialogue and communication with each other in order to follow up on the outcome of this meeting.

In this context, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia accepted the invitation by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt to visit Cairo in the near future.

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