Egypt, Sudan reject Ethiopian proposal for data sharing on Renaissance dam

(Reuters) – Egypt and Sudan on Saturday rejected an Ethiopian proposal to share data on the operations of its giant hydropower dam on the Blue Nile after negotiations between the three countries in Kinshasa this week ended without progress.

Ethiopia is pinning its hopes of economic development and power generation on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which Egypt fears will imperil its supply from the Nile. Sudan is also concerned about the impact on its own water flows.

“Ethiopia invites Sudan and Egypt to nominate dam operators for data exchange before the filling of GERD in upcoming rainy seasons,” the Ethiopian foreign ministry wrote in a tweet on Saturday.

But Cairo and Khartoum maintained that they are seeking a legally binding agreement over the operations of the dam, which Addis Ababa says is crucial to its economic development.

“Sudan believes that exchanging information is a necessary procedure, but that the Ethiopian offer to do so in the manner indicated by their letter implies suspicious selectivity in dealing with what has been agreed upon,” the Sudanese irrigation ministry said on Saturday.

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After the Kinshasa meeting, Ethiopia emphasized that the second-year filling of the dam reservoir would be carried out as scheduled.

Sudan will hold 600 million cubic meters (785 million cubic yards) of water at its Jebel Awliya reservoir to “ensure the continued operation of the pump stations on the White Nile and the Nile river to meet agricultural and drinking water needs” in preparation for Ethiopia’s second fill, Sudan’s state news agency SUNA reported on Saturday.

The Egyptian irrigation minister on Saturday told a local television talk show that while reserves at the Aswan High Dam could help stave off the effects of a second fill, his chief concern was drought management.

Sudan and Egypt had proposed including the European Union, the United States and the United Nations as mediators in addition to ongoing African Union facilitation of the talks. Both countries said Ethiopia rejected the proposal during the Kinshasa meeting.

Reporting by Nadine Awadalla; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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  1. I read news coming out of Sudan today about the next filling of the dam that left me roaring in laughter. I was down on the floor laughing until it hurts, man! The news tells what the foreign minister said about it. Foreign Minister Mariam al-Sadiq al-Mahdi has stated that her government has ruled out military action. Really? Was that even on the table in the first place? If someone was even dreaming about that in Khartoum, I demand an apology. Somebody there should wake up and apologize right now!!!

    In a related topic, the former Sudan Irrigation and Water Resources Minister Osman Atum has told the entire world that the first or the 2nd or 3rd filling of the dam will never adversely affect the flow of water from the Blue Nile. You heard it all from the horse’s mouth!!! End of story!!!
    Bob!!! Hit it!!!
    Singin’, don’t worry, about a thing
    Worry about a thing, no
    Every little thing, gonna be all right
    Don’t worry
    Singin’, don’t worry, about a thing
    I won’t worry!
    ‘Cause every little thing, gonna be alright

    You heard that ya-khadaab el-Sisi?

    • The current Ethiopian defence forces lack intelligence gathering skills more than any country’s defence forces. Recently Ethiopian defence forces Northern Command Base members were caught with their pants down by their ankles, when the TPLF Junta showed up and slaughtered many of the northern command members soldiers, which shown how much TPLF was underestimated by the Ethiopian Defence forces intelligence officers. Ethiopia’s navy is very very weak unable to detect any submarines.

      That is why under estimating the military capabilities of Sudan might be a big mistake in Ethiopia’s part. Sudan had invaded fifty miles deep into Ethiopia’s territory currently because the Ethiopian defence forces lost to the Sudanese military.

      Nonetheless Ethiopians ourselves might kill each other over the electricity before Sudan needs to wage an attack on Ethiopians GERD. Sudan might just invade and take possession of GERD without attacking GERD because the divided Ethiopians might be fighting each other weakening each other when Ethiopia’s GERD starts producing electricity with full capacity, with the highly hyped up awaited for, the anticipated Ethiopian industrial revolution which all ethnicities want to get the electricity first to become the industry hub of Ethiopia. Different Ethnicities of Ethiopia want to get the electricity from GERD first, before other ethnicities from Ethiopia do get the electricity which is a recipe for more civil wars and conflicts among Ethiopians .

      Solution being the different ethnic Ethiopian people holding ongoing negotiations amongst themselves about which areas in Ethiopia get how much electricity right away from GERD and which areas in Ethiopia have to wait longer to get electricity from GERD, this talk could be done in the same manner as Ethiopia , Sudan and Ethiopia are currently holding talks about GERD.

  2. There is a golden saying that the current incompetent government can never understand:
    ‘They wouldn’t shake one’s fence unless they lack respect for the owner’. The current government is busy Amhara and Tigre ethnic cleansing and destruction of the Orthodox Church, upon which they wish to form Oromo hegemonic government.A feeling of inferiority complex. If they did the right things they could have been elected to government power without destroying the nation. Groupd such as the Gim-7 (the ex-Derg cadres) are collecting handouts and collaborating in that destruction.

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