Newscast Media CAIRO—Irrigation Minister Mohamed Abdel Muttalib said on Thursday
that Egypt will not recognize the Entebbe Convention.
“The Nile in Egypt will not dry out, and Ethiopia does not realize the importance of the
Egyptian proposals to resolve the outstanding differences on the Renaissance Dam,”
The minister also said the government has developed scenarios to face Ethiopia’s
intransigence so as to ensure Egypt’s rights to the Nile water. “We will announce
those scenarios soon,” he said.
“We will waste no more time on negotiations,” he said. “We will only talk again if
Ethiopia has something new to say about our proposals.”
Egypt proposed to halt the construction of the dam until studies are completed under
Ethiopia’s conditions within a year at the most. Also, international experts should
follow the work of the Tripartite Commission of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia that is
responsible for the technical studies of the dam.
“Ethiopia did not involve the member states and started to build the dam unilaterally,
exploiting the conditions Egypt has been going through since the January revolution,”
Abdel Muttalib said.
He explained that The Nile Basin Initiative discussed the possibility of building two
dams on the Blue Nile, namely the Border Dam to store 14 billion cubic meters of
water and the Mandaya Dam to store 49.5 billion cubic meters.
Six states had signed the framework agreement in 2010 and 2011, namely Ethiopia,
Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. They said that they sought a fair
redistribution of the Nile water, as the downstream states of Egypt and Sudan enjoy
the lion’s share as per an agreement signed under the British occupation.
Source: Al-Masry Al-Youm
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