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Ethiopia announces for the first time that Egypt has demanded the establishment of a permanent office with Egyptian staff at the Renaissance Dam.
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Ethiopia has announced for the first time that Egypt has demanded the establishment of a permanent office with Egyptian staff at the Renaissance Dam.
Ethiopia’s Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Celishi Bekele, said Ethiopia would continue to promote and discuss the tripartite technical consultation because, he said, it was “the only option” to resolve the “Renaissance Dam” crisis.The Ethiopian minister said: “Egypt has submitted an unfair proposal, on the dam and its operation, which is completely unacceptable from the Ethiopian side.”
He continued: “Egypt requests in its proposal to continue the average natural flow of Nile water during the long-term operation.”

He continued: “This is unacceptable because it prohibits the use of water in exploration areas, and refers to deprivation of current and future use.”

He pointed out that Egypt had asked Ethiopia to ensure a water level at 165 meters above sea level for the Aswan High Dam by releasing the water, and called for the establishment of a permanent office in the dam with its staff.

The Ethiopian Minister said:

“WE REITERATE OUR POSITION THAT THE PROPOSAL IS UNACCEPTABLE, AS IT SEVERELY VIOLATES THE SOVEREIGNTY OF THE COUNTRY, AND THIS HINDERS THE ONGOING TRIPARTITE CONSULTATIONS.”

He said Ethiopia had a consistent position on “independent national research groups”, saying “Ethiopia will only accept recommendations from this group regarding the filling and operation of the dam.”

He called the Ethiopian minister

“THE EGYPTIAN SIDE TO REFRAIN FROM NEGATIVE MEDIA, AND OTHER CAMPAIGNS THAT WILL UNDERMINE THE SPIRIT OF COOPERATION BETWEEN THE THREE COUNTRIES, ONLY TRIPARTITE CONSULTATIONS WILL ALLOW THE RESOLUTION OF DIFFERENCES.”

Parliamentary comment

For his part, the President of the Ethiopian Parliament, Tagessi Chavo, at the meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of African, Caribbean and Pacific States, on the crisis of the Renaissance Dam.

“Ethiopia is building the dam to generate electricity,” Chavo said of the construction of Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam.

The $ 4 billion Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam was announced in 2011 and is designed to be the cornerstone of Ethiopia’s bid to become Africa’s largest energy exporter by generating more than 6,000 megawatts of electricity.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said after the talks on Facebook: “I affirm that the Egyptian state, with all its institutions, is committed to protecting Egyptian water rights in the Nile waters, and continues to take the necessary measures at the political level and within the limits of international law to protect these rights.”

Ethiopian Minister Salshi Bekele rejected the Egyptian request for mediation at the talks.

“Why do we need new partners? Do you want to extend (negotiations) indefinitely?” He told reporters.

Last month, Ethiopia rejected a proposal by Egypt to operate the dam. Addis Ababa did not say how much water it wanted, but Egypt wanted at least 40 billion cubic meters of dam flow annually.

The Ethiopian Ministry of Water and Irrigation, described the new Egyptian proposal as a “crossing of the red line.”

“Egypt’s new proposal on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam has become a point of contention between the two countries,” the Ethiopian News Agency quoted the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy as saying.

Ethiopia says it aims to build the Grand Renaissance Dam to secure 6,000 megawatts of hydroelectric power, not to store water or harm downstream countries.

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