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Ethiopia unveils IPoE report

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Roundtable discussions to be held on further recommendations made by the International Panel of Experts

A picture taken on May 28, 2013 shows the Blue Nile River in Guba, Ethiopia, during its diversion ceremony (AFP/File, William Lloyd-George)

Blue Nile River in Guba, Ethiopia, during its diversion ceremony (AFP/File)

The Ethiopian foreign ministry released a statement on Thursday detailing the meetings held with Egypt regarding the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

The meeting, which was held on Wednesday, highlighted the findings of the International Panel of Experts (IPoE).

Ethiopia’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs Berhane Gebrechristos said the report compiled by the IPoE shows the construction of the GERD will not pose a risk to Sudan and Egypt.

The 800-page report was handed to the Sudanese and Egyptian delegations which will now participate in a roundtable discussion on recommendations set forth by the IPoE regarding further activities.

According to the statement, Gebrechristos stressed the panel was set up at the insistence of Ethiopia to ensure mutual benefits for all countries involved.

“There had been some misunderstanding, but the two-day talks held in Addis Ababa between the two foreign ministers in a spirit of mutual understanding and brotherhood had reached agreement on discussions over the [IPoE’s] report,” the statement read.

The statement concluded that the Egyptian and Sudanese delegations had “embraced the construction of the dam, convinced that Ethiopia would pose no risk to their nations’ futures.”

State-owned news agency Al-Ahram meanwhile published a contradictory report citing a member of the IpoE, saying Ethiopia has failed to prove the effects of the GERD on Egypt. In a conference which was held on Wednesday, Al-Ahram cites Ala Al-Zawahiri, said to be a member of the IPoE tripartite commission, stating that Ethiopia’s dam will reduce Egypt’s share of Nile water by 15 billion cubic metres, or roughly 27%.

Al-Ahram also mentioned worst case scenarios describing the catastrophic effect on Sudan and Egypt if the dam were to burst, unleashing 74 billion cubic metres of water downstream.

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  • Tsega

    15 billion cubic-m does not look bad. Ethiopia should be entitled to at least 40%-50% of the Nile as it contributes 85% of the water. This is the fact. But, technically the GERD will not reduce the flow in any form. The dam will be filled in six years time bit-by-bit during the flooding seasons. The amount captured by this method is far less than the water dissipated in the Sahra. As such, the GERD will save water.

    • dave smith

      Water is one of natural resources like oil and gas. All countries need to share their natural resources which means black Africans have to share Egypt’s Oil and gas .

      • Abraham D.

        LOL…..nice point of view. We Ethiopians will stop construction of the GERD provided that Egypt will ship all her oil and related products to Ethiopia for free….how about that!

  • Markose Yehune

    Here is a logical question – why is Ethiopia expected to take all these measure while Egypt built dams and rrigations on the Nile without even talking to other African countries?

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