Tag Archives: Nile Basin

Egypt Rejects Renaissance Dam Storage Capacity

Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia facing negotiation difficulties, says irrigation minister advisor
Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia facing negotiation difficulties, says irrigation minister advisor

By Aya Nader,

EGYPT rejects the current Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam’s (GERD) high storage capacity, as studies showed it will affect its national water security, reported state-owned Middle East News Agency (MENA) Sunday.

The dam’s storage capacity reaches 74bn cubic meters. Calling such capacity “unjustified and technically unacceptable”, Egypt asked Ethiopia to reduce it to what was agreed before the start of negotiations over the years-of-filling and operation of the dam. Continue reading Egypt Rejects Renaissance Dam Storage Capacity

Egypt: Chances of Negotiations with Ethiopia ‘Used Up’

“Egypt will not go to Ethiopia unless Addis Ababa is willing to return to negotiations to resolve points of contention on the Renaissance Dam.” – Irrigation Minister

“We have used up all opportunities to negotiate with Ethiopia … all options are still open for resolving the differences though”

By Al-Masry Al-Youm,

Irrigation and Water Resources Minister Mohamed Abdel Muttalib criticized what he called Ethiopia’s refusal to budge on key issues during the three-party negotiations of the Renaissance Dam.

“We have used up all opportunities to negotiate with Ethiopia because of Addis Ababa’s intransigence, despite the sincerity of our intentions in joint collaboration of the east Nile Basin countries, and we will not ask them to return to negotiations,” he told Al-Masry Al-Youm. Continue reading Egypt: Chances of Negotiations with Ethiopia ‘Used Up’

Ethiopia Fails to See Reason over the River Nile

“Ethiopia should also apologise for its attempts to impose a fait accompli on downstream countries” – Egyptian Scholar

By Nader Noureddine,

Ethiopia has been having trouble finding finance for its Renaissance Dam. The technologically hazardous and politically incendiary project has failed to whet the appetites of investors though this did not seem to bother the Ethiopian delegation to recent talks. Continue reading Ethiopia Fails to See Reason over the River Nile

Egypt and Eritrea Discuss Trafficking and Diplomacy

Egyptian president discuss bilateral and regional issues with Eritrea

By TesfaNews,

An Eritrean government delegation led by Foreign Minister Osman Saleh yesterday delivered President Isaias Afwerki’s message to President Mohammed Moursi of the Republic of Egypt.

In the course of his three-day visit to Egypt, Minister Osman held talks with his counterpart Mohamed Kamil Amr on enhancing economic, cultural, political and social relations between the two countries.

They also agreed to look for ways of boosting bilateral relations between the countries and discuss a number of regional and international issues.  Continue reading Egypt and Eritrea Discuss Trafficking and Diplomacy

Ethiopia: Rumors of Water War on the Nile?

“If it comes to a crisis, we will send a jet to bomb the dam and come back in one day, simple as that.” – Egyptian Officials

By Prof. Alemayehu G Mariam,

Late last month, Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid Bin Sultan fired a shot across the bow from the Arab Water Council in Cairo to let the regime in Ethiopia know that his country takes a dim view of the “Grand Renaissance Dam” under “construction” on the Blue Nile (Abbay) a few miles from Sudan’s eastern border.

According to Prince Khalid, “The [Grand] Renaissance dam has its capacity of flood waters reaching more than 70 billion cubic meters of water… [I]f it collapsed Khartoum will be drowned completely and the impact will even reach the Aswan Dam…” The Prince believes the Dam is being built close to the “Sudanese border for political plotting rather than for economic gain and constitutes a threat to Egyptian and Sudanese national security…”  Continue reading Ethiopia: Rumors of Water War on the Nile?

Saudi Raps Ethiopia for Posing Threats to Sudan and Egypt

Prince Khalid Bin Sultan warns Ethiopia against acts of “Water Terrorism”

By Sudan Tribune,

Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister and Inspector General for Military Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Prince Khalid Bin Sultan, in unusual rebuke, unleashed a barrage of attack against Ethiopia saying that the Horn of Africa nation is posing a threat to the Nile water rights of Egypt and Sudan.

The massive $4.8 billion dam is under construction and is scheduled for completion in 2015. It lies close to Sudan’s eastern borders and has a power generating capacity of 6,000MW and when completed it will enable Ethiopia to export more power to its neighbors.  Continue reading Saudi Raps Ethiopia for Posing Threats to Sudan and Egypt