May 15, 2011

Egypt approves of Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam in principle

Filed under: Egypt,Ethiopia — ethiopiantimes @ 9:16 pm
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Egypt has in principle approved the Renaissance Dam that Ethiopia intends to build on its borders with Sudan this year, according to an official source.

The source added that Prime Minister Essam Sharf and his Ethiopian counterpart have agreed that an Egyptian technical committee examine the blueprints of the dam, so as to determine whether it would adversely affect Egypt’s Nile water quota, and that Egypt might participate in the construction of the dam, which is expected to cost around US$4.7 billion.

An agreement has also been reached by which Egypt and Sudan will buy electricity from Ethiopia’s power station in Mendaya, which has the capacity to provide 1200 megawatts to Sudan and another 2000 to Egypt. A related agreement allows for Egypt to import a large number of Ethiopian livestock.

“More than 30 Egyptian companies have already asked to import meat from Ethiopia due to its high quality and low price,” said Ayman Eissa, head of the Egyptian-Ethiopian Business Council.

He added that Egypt aims to link its economic development to that of Ethiopia, in order to avoid unilateral projects that would harm the interest of either countries.

Translated from the Arabic Edition


Land-grabbing: the why and the how

Filed under: Ethiopia,Meles Zenawi — ethiopiantimes @ 4:38 pm
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East African governments need to step up their diplomatic pressure on the two leaders of Sudan to ensure that violence does not break out when the South becomes a republic in July.

The regional leaders must make it clear to Khartoum and Juba that full implementation of the Sudanese peace deal is synonymous with peace in the region.

Already, there is growing tension between leaders of the National Congress Party and Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement over Abyei, which could escalate into violent confrontation between security forces and other armed proxies from North and South Sudan.

Recently both North and South deployed forces in and around Abyei in breach of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

The situation has been made worse by the recent declaration by President Omar al-Bashir that Khartoum will not recognise the independence of the south id Juba continues to lay claim to Abyei.

That is why regional leaders should send unequivocal message to President Bashir that any breaches of the CPA will a recipe for instability in the region.

They must not allow Khartoum to blackmail the region with the threat of war.

As things stand, the two sides are yet to start negotiations on the post-referendum issues that are intended to ensure that Sudan remains peaceful after July 9.

The pending issues include the North-South border, the Abyei referendum, citizenship, oil revenue, external debt and popular consultation in Southern Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan.


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