Egypt to prepare for int'l arbitration on Ethiopia dam

According to Egypt's official gazette, which publicizes official government decisions, members of the new committee have been tasked with studying the dam project's legal aspects.

Egypt to prepare for int'l arbitration on Ethiopia dam

World Bulletin / News Desk

Egyptian authorities have drawn up a committee to issue recommendations with the aim of allowing international arbitration over Ethiopia's multibillion-dollar hydroelectric dam project currently being built on the Nile's upper reaches, Egypt's official gazette stated on Monday.

It is the first time for Cairo to allude to its intention to resort to international law to resolve the ongoing political stalemate between it and Addis Ababa over the latter's gigantic Renaissance Dam project, which, Egyptian officials say, threatens Egypt's traditional share of Nile water.

According to Egypt's official gazette, which publicizes official government decisions, members of the new committee have been tasked with studying the dam project's legal aspects.

The committee is comprised of six members – including one representative each from the ministries of foreign affairs, irrigation and defense – the gazette reported.

The newspaper added that the committee also included three international law experts, noting that committee members had been charged with determining Egypt's legal rights vis-à-vis Nile water.

Ethiopia has tried to allay Egyptian fears regarding the dam, much of which has already been built, saying the project would not harm Egypt's interests and could even contribute to Egypt's future development.

Anadolu Agency could not obtain immediate comment from the Ethiopian government on Egypt's plans to seek international arbitration.

Some Ethiopian officials had earlier downplayed the possibility that Egypt would resort to international arbitration, saying there were no courts mandated with adjudicating international water disputes.

 

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BAZEZEW GENANAW
BAZEZEW GENANAW - 5 yıl Before

The reality of global warming and the possible reduction of wheat production will put irrigation at a sopt-light in the coming years. Egypt should not be concerned about the hydropower project upstream as it does not consume water but the surprise will come soon when ABAY ((BLUE NILE) is used for irrigation. Ethiopia will be forced to use all its resourses to meet the ever increasing food demand due to population growth. The sustainable solution for EGYPT is SOCIAL ADAPTIVE CAPACITY.

BAZEZEW GENANAW
BAZEZEW GENANAW - 5 yıl Before

If Egypt is continues to deter Ethiopia from using its water resourses for development purposes, Ethiopia might be obliged to consider basin transfer. We know what is famine, thanks for Egypt. It is because Ethiopia was not able to get fund from any international organisations as the Egyptian gate keepers were able to lobby successfully, even when millions were dying in famine. Ethiopia will not see when the young population suffer because of unemployment while Egypt uses the water to creat job.

jasmine
jasmine - 5 yıl Before

As our late PM Meles Zenawi would love to say: “Mengedun Cherq Yargilachihu”…which can roughly be translated as “Bon Voyage”.

Yetnayet
Yetnayet - 5 yıl Before

It is surprising that egyptians only studying the legal aspect just now!!!! Hope they will understand the truth. We should establish a law suit against egypt for its destabilising the horn of africa by funding, training and arming terrorist groups in somalia, eritrea and south sudan. Also on its century's evil acts against ethiopian.