Egyptian wrestlers Kesho, Metwally are one step away from Olympic podium    Athletics: Warholm crushes world record in fast, fast Olympic hurdles    BREAKING: Egyptian diver Mohab Ishak qualifies for the 3m springboard final    US expands Afghan refugee program as Taliban violence rises    FM Shoukry asserts Egypt's firm support of Palestinian cause    Art Alert: Award-winning Palestinian film 'Gaza Mon Amour' to screen at Zawya cinema    Moody's affirms GIG Egypt's Ba2 rating, stable outlook – official    Snake Eyes: G.I Joe Origins    Don't miss TAM gallery's group summer show in the North Coast    Sayyedat Alfagr play is now showing at Taliaa Theatre    Egypt's SOLID Capital to launch $250 million fund before year-end    Czech Export Bank earmarks $300 million for new investments in Egyptian market    Turkey battles wildfires for 6th day, EU to send planes    Egypt's Arab Contractors wins bid to develop Lebanon's Port of Tripoli    Refugees pushed to back of the line amid vaccine shortages    Egypt seeks to host 2022 UN Climate Change Conference – minister    Europe's vaccine passes reveal some pockets of resistance    Egypt's FM meets with Algerian counterpart for talks in Cairo    Agency: Trump is due $1M tax refund for Chicago skyscraper    Egypt's Sisi urges developing banking sector performance, stabilising monetary performance    Sudan hopes Ethiopia will come to its senses: FM Al-Mahdi    Governor of Egypt's South Sinai discusses investment, tourism with Serbian officials    'Cooperation with Nile Basin countries key pillar of Egypt foreign policy': Irrigation minister    Qatar appoints ambassadors to Egypt and Libya    Egypt's transport start-up SWVL preps for Nasdaq listing after merger with Queen's Gambit    Russian delegation to visit Egypt today for Sharm al-Sheikh, Hurghada security checks    Orange Egypt Introduces Amazon Prime Video    Tokyo Olympics: Cautious opening ceremony, shy start for Egyptians in competitions    Mallawi Museum in Upper Egypt holds recycling workshop for children during Eid Al-Adha    Egypt keen on stable tax policies to attract more investors: Finance Minister    Niagara Falls illuminated in Egyptian flag to mark 23 July Revolution anniversary    Thanaweyya Amma exams resume after Eid Al-Adha holidays    Sudan declares state of emergency as water goes beyond Merowe Dam capacity    Capital flows into EM keep recovering after March 2020 slump: Central Bank of Egypt    1 child orphaned every 12 seconds due to COVID-19-associated death: World Bank    Egypt, Japanese Olympic Committee discuss boosting sports cooperation    Ethiopia ready to resume dam talks with no legally binding agreements: Ethiopian official    US emphasises AU's role in mediating Ethiopian damdispute    Sunken city of Thônis-Heracleion in Egypt's Abu Qir bay yields new archaeological treasures    New films, concerts, and destinations for Eid Al-Adha holidays    Egypt, Oman discuss enhancing bilateral economic, investment relations    Al Ahly v Kaizer Chiefs: Cairo giants eye 10th CAF Champions League title    Tunisia hopes to have a UN role in resolving Egypt-Ethiopia dam dispute    Egypt denounces Ethiopia's move to start second filling of giant dam    APO Group enters new exclusive agreement with Getty Images on African press releases and images    On International Museum Day, Egypt opens two new museums at Cairo Airport    Egypt's Ahly is establishing a new stadium, expected to be 'sports complex'    Old Cairo's Al-Fustat will be revamped on Egyptian President's directives    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.



Recent Ethiopian GERD decision reveals intention to impose fait accompli on 2 downstream countries: Egypt
Published in Daily News Egypt on 19 - 03 - 2021

Egypt's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has responded to a recent statement by Ethiopia's Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy on completing the filling of the huge Ethiopian Dam without agreement.
Egypt has said that the statement reveals Ethiopia's intention and desire to impose a fait accompli on the two downstream countries, namely Egypt and Sudan, according to the Egyptian Ministry's spokesperson, Ahmed Hafez, in a statement on Thursday.
Egypt's response comes on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam's (GERD) inauguration.
Hafez confirmed that Egypt rejects recent Ethiopian decisions that threaten Egyptian and Sudanese interests and peoples, adding that such unilateral measures will impact security and stability in the region.
He also said that it is unfortunate Ethiopian officials use the language of sovereignty in their conversations about exploiting the resources of a river that crosses borders.
The spokesperson added that international rivers are the joint property of riparian states, and it is not permissible to extend sovereignty over the river or seek to monopolise it.
Hafez said that Ethiopian officials must employ these natural resources to serve the peoples of the countries that share them. This would be on the basis of the rules of international law, the most important of which are the principles of cooperation, fairness, and non-harm.
The spokesperson also indicated that the Ethiopian statements were issued at a time when the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which assumed the African Union (AU) presidency, is making appreciable efforts to relaunch the path of negotiations.
This includes efforts to reach an agreement before the next flood season, which reflects the absence of political will on the Ethiopian side to negotiate to reach a settlement to the GERD crisis.
Egypt and Sudan have stressed the importance of the international community's active involvement in negotiations led by the DRC, through an international quartet. This would include the US, the European Union (EU), and the United Nations (UN), to ensure the effectiveness of the negotiation process.
It would also push the three negotiating countries, and help them to reach an agreement on the dam in the coming months, the Egyptian statement added.
Ethiopia's Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy Sileshi Bekele said, during a symposium on the GERD on Friday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, that 79% of the dam's overall construction has been completed so far.
Ethiopia is proceeding with the second filling of its controversial dam on the River Nile, and will not extend the waiting period for any reason.
The symposium's objective was to explore the current status of the dam and the ongoing trilateral negotiations between Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan.
Bekele added that his country "negotiates for the equitable share and reasonable utilisation of the Nile River without causing significant harm on the downstream countries".


Clic here to read the story from its source.