Ethiopia rejects Egypt’s request to build new dam jointly
Newscast Media ADDIS ABABA—The Turkish Anadolu news agency reported on
Wednesday that Ethiopia rejected a request by Egypt to jointly build all stages of the
Renaissance Dam so as to make sure that Egypt’s share of Nile water is not affected.
The agency quoted an Ethiopian diplomat that attended a meeting between Egyptian
Interim President Adli Mansour and Ethiopian Prime Minister Mariam Desalegn on the
sidelines of the Arab-African summit in Kuwait as saying that Desalegn adhered to the
Entebbe Convention and rejected any Egyptian supervision or participation in the
construction of the dam.
The Entebbe agreement states indirectly that the share of the downstream countries,
namely Egypt and Sudan, could be reconsidered so that upstream countries, including
Ethiopia, may receive a fair and reasonable share. The agreement does not refer to any
rights for downstream countries to supervise water projects of upstream countries.
The Entebbe Framework Convention was signed by Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya,
Tanzania and Uganda in May of 2011. Egypt, Sudan, South Sudan and the Democratic
Republic of Congo did not sign the agreement.
The diplomat’s statement contradicts statements by Mansour and Desalegn that the
meeting was positive.
Mansour said he was satisfied with the outcome of the negotiations with Ethiopia
over the dam, and that Desalegn appreciated the historical relations with Egypt.
Translated from Al-Masry Al-Youm