Thursday, June 13, 2013

Egyptian and Ethiopian Views on Renaissance Dam and Nile Waters

There seems to be no end to the war of words over construction of the Renaissance Dam in Ethiopia and related Nile water issues.  I have selected three recent articles that represent the Egyptian position, Ethiopian position and one that looks at both sides.

  1. The first is a Bloomberg article published on 10 June 2013 titled "Egypt Urges Cooperation on Ethiopia's Nile River Hydropower Dam" that quotes Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil.  The headline is misleading in that the article opens by noting that Qandil said his government opposes Ethiopia's construction of a dam on the [Blue] Nile River.
  2. The second is a piece that appeared on 12 June 2013 in Pambazuka News titled "Reasonable Discussion of Ethiopia's Renaissance Dam" by Fasil Amdetsion, senior policy and international legal advisor in Ethiopia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  Although measured, it looks at the issue from the perspective of Ethiopian interests.
  3. The third is an article titled "Ethiopia 'Frustrated' by Egyptian Statements on GERD" in the 12 June 2013 Daily News, Egypt's only daily independent newspaper in English.  It tries to look at both the Egyptian and Ethiopian arguments. 

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