The Egyptian government is still continuing to ask Ethiopia to stop the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), while Ethiopia continues to strongly reject Egypt’s request. A week ago the delegation led by Mohamed Abdel-Motteleb, minister of Irrigation, raised a similar request for his Ethiopian counterpart during their one day visit.
Ethiopia has strongly refused Egypt’s proposal to stop the construction of the dam that is financed by local sources.
Currently, the construction of the dam that was officially launched in early 2011 is being undertaken with nonstop speed. And the government recently disclosed that 30 percent of the project has been accomplished and the construction will continue without any interruption.
However the Ethiopian government strongly suggested that the three eastern Abay (Nile) countries (Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt) could work together for mutual benefit on the river and the project, Egypt appears to be very enthusiastic about this prospect. The country’s [Egyptian] officials are now saying that they will send an official statement asking for construction of the Ethiopian dam to be halted until a mutually agreeable solution is found.
Even though the Egyptian Irrigation minister said this, Ethiopia has clearly stated that the project will continue at the current pace, while experts included from the three countries continue undertaking their assessments on the project.
Experts in Addis Ababa told Capital that even though Egyptian negotiators, who met with the Sudanese delegation before the previous three dialogues held in Khartoum, demonstrated positivity about the tripartite point of discussion for the Sudanese, they stood against most of the proposals that were set for the dialogue when they appeared at the tripartite table.
The two countries [Ethiopia and Sudan] have an interest in establishing a tripartite committee that will follow the international panel of experts’ recommendations, but Egypt is asking for the formation of another panel of experts to work with the committee, an idea that was not included in the original deal between the countries.
Abay (Blue Nile) has an 86 percent contribution for the river that reaches Egypt, which they call the Nile , but the major water contributor, Ethiopia, for the longest river in the world uses almost nothing from the river