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Egypt's Fahmy, EU's Ashton discuss Ethiopia dam

Published: Apr 1, 2014 Filed under: Ethiopian News Politics Views: 3,809
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Egypt's Fahmy, EU's Ashton discuss Ethiopia dam

Egyptian Foreign Affairs Minister Nabil Fahmy spoke with EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton regarding the Egyptian-Ethiopian strife over Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance dam on the sidelines of the EU-Africa summit on Tuesday, foreign ministry's spokesman told MENA.

Egyptian authorities claim the controversial hydroelectric dam, currently under construction on the Blue Nile, will have negative implications for Egypt’s water supply.

Ethiopia has denied these allegations.

Fahmy stressed the importance that Egypt’s water supply and interests are not harmed to the EU representative.

The foreign affairs minister also highlighted the importance of serious negotiations to reach a solution that maintains the interests of all parties involved.

Fahmy is scheduled to meet Ethiopia's Foreign Affairs Minister, Tedros Adhanom during the two-day summit.

On Friday, Adhanom said his country is adamant about holding talks with Egypt, despite continuing to construct the dam and announcing that it will begin to generate electricity by 2015.

Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan had previously formed a tripartite technical committee to study the possible impact of the dam and to attempt to generate consensus on the project.

In recent meetings in Khartoum, the tripartite committee was scheduled to draft a document that entails "confidence building measures" between the countries, and also to form a special international conflict resolution committee.

However, the tripartite committee's efforts were thwarted in December when Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir announced his support for the Renaissance Dam during a meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

Source-  Ahram Online


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  1. belew
    belew
    6 months, 3 weeks ago

    The Egyptians should talk directly with Ethiopians for they hold all the ' cards'. Ashton is not a Colonial viceroy and there aint an ' iota' she can do to advance their baseless cause. The Ethiopian authorities have been patient, for how long, it is anyone's guess. . Lucky for Egypt, the Gulf Arabs love em and awash with oil money will gladly desalinate both seas Ethiopia wont budge an inch!
  2. RT
    RT
    6 months, 3 weeks ago

    EGYPT SHOULD NOT BE TRUSTEDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!!  !END OF STORY... I SAID IT BEFORE...AT THE BEGINING AND I WILL SAY IT AGAINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN AGAINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN AGAINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN THEY SHOULD NOT BE TURSTEDDDDDDDDDDDDDD ***ING ARABLS...THEY CAN TO TO HELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL... THEY ARE SHAMLESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSBASTAREDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD!  !!!!
  3. Atse Menilik
    Atse Menilik
    6 months, 3 weeks ago

    They have been enjoying free access to our water resource free for centuries, and now it is about time that we should charge them some kins of royalty. The construction of the dam should not be even suppose to be up for discussion, it's within our boundary, and it is our water and we have the right and free will to do any thing that is viable to us.
  4. John
    John
    6 months, 3 weeks ago

    Egypt should find a way how to share a water passing through Sudan soil with Sudan rather than Ethiopian Grand Dam. Ethiopian got tired of old out dated bogus treaty between Egypt and British.
  5. Extraterrstrial
    Extraterrstrial
    6 months, 3 weeks ago

    Egypt thinks negotiating with Ethiopia is a sign of weakness therefore, Egypt is ashamed to sit down and negotiate with Ethiopia , bravo Ethiopia!!!
  6. Girma G.
    Girma G.
    6 months, 3 weeks ago

    Why don't negotiate with us instead of moving round the world begging for help that would enable them to stop the unstoppable? Is there any force that can deny us the right to use our river without hurting Egypt, which does not have any contribution the Nile? Shameless politicians.
  7. solo
    solo
    6 months, 3 weeks ago

    HUUUUUU YEGYPT NEGER SELECHEN AHUNES BEMEN ENDIGEBACEW ENADREG?