Egypt’s Nile Propaganda: Ethiopia Ignores ‘Repeated’ Calls for Dam Negotiations

A general view shows construction activity on the Grand Renaissance dam in Guba Woreda, Benishangul Gumuz region in this March 16, 2014. (Photo: Reuters))

Ahram Online

Wednesday 14 May 2014

The under-construction dam is situated near the Sudanese border on the Blue Nile, a Nile tributary. It is set to be the biggest hydroelectric dam in Africa, producing as much as 6,000 megawatts of energy.

Egypt has repeatedly expressed its concern that the dam will affect its share of Nile water. Ethiopia insists this will not happen.

We believe that Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan will benefits from reaching solutions through negotiations, Fahmy added.

From this standpoint, Fahmy added, he had met with the Ethiopian foreign minister a month ago, where Fahmy presented some initial ideas, but is yet to receive a response from Ethiopia.

Fahmy’s comment contradicts Ethiopian statements that have previously called for dialogue after tripartite talks between the two countries and Sudan reached a stalemate.

In late April, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn invited Egypt and Sudan for another round of tripartite talks, while in March the Ethiopian foreign minister said his country was adamant about holding talks with Egypt.

Fahmy also said that previous negotiations were held in three stages but “unfortunately didn’t show an indication for positive development.”

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