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Tripartite committee on Blue Nile dam meets in Ethiopia capital


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

October 9, 2012 (ADDIS ABABA) - The Nile Tripartite Committee held a meeting on Monday in Addis Ababa to continue its study on the possible impacts of Africa’s biggest dam which is under construction along the Blue Nile River in Ethiopia.

Blue Nile Map

The Nile Tripartite Committee, now named the ‘International Panel of Experts (IPoE), is composed of six experts drawn from Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan, and another four international experts.

The experts committee, so far in its study has hinted that the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam will have no negative impact to down stream countries; Egypt and Sudan.

However, its final findings and recommendations on the impacts of the controversial project will be submitted to the governments of the three countries in less than nine months.

The committee officially launched its study on 8 May and shortly after paid a visit to the construction site located near Ethiopia’s border with Sudan. The group held its first meeting on 6 June 2012 in Cairo.

Following protests from Sudan and Egypt over the construction of the Renaissance Dam the late Ethiopian Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi, proposed the establishment of the Tripartite Committee, as a good will gesture to build trust among riparian countries.

The committee is expected to clear up doubts and come up with a unified stance of the three countries after assessing the positive and negative effects of the dam. Ethiopia intends to use the its dams to become a regional energy exporter.

Egypt whose economy is highly dependent on the Nile and, had repeatedly warned against building any dams along the Nile river, raising fears potential conflict between with Ethiopia.

According to US cable published by whistle-blowing organisation Wikileaks, Cairo had reached an agreement with Khartoum to build air base in Sudan’s western Darfur region to strike the Ethiopia Dam facility, a claim Egypt denied.

Egypt and Sudan who under colonial era agreement benefit from the lions share of the Nile’s water, argue that construction of the $5 billion Ethiopian dam on the Blue Nile, will reduce the flow of the water and could have an impact on water levels.

Ethiopia which is a source to over 80% of the Nile’s waters, however, insists that the construction of the massive dam won’t have negative effects and says instead benefits down streamers by preventing flooding and an increase in silt.

Addis Ababa also says that the dam reduces evaporation because it is built in a less humid gorge.

Ethiopia launched the construction of the Renaissance Dam after Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya and later Burundi signed the Entebbe agreement In April 2010, to reverse pre-colonial era treaty seeking equitable water utilization on Nile water.


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  • 10 October 2012 04:08, by Kurnyel

    Sudan must get the lion share with Nile water otherwis, we will use force because water mean life to us

    • 10 October 2012 06:03, by Akol Liai Mager

      Can North Sudan use force against Ethiopia? That’s a laughable lie. Lies made from Khartoum. SRF will soon up-route the NIF’ most racist and liars regime on Earth.

    • 10 October 2012 07:37, by Asmera

      Hi Kurnyel,
      Do you think that North Sudan will use military force against Ethiopia? Our Air Force will demolish your garbage Antonoves which are crashing in Darfur and dropping bombs on the head of innocent South Kurdofan African origins. We will kick you Arabs out of east Africa. South Sudan will construct another dam on Nile River. Then what you will do??

    • 10 October 2012 08:32, by Extraterrestrial

      I wish the wannabe arabs in Khartoum made the mistake of starting war with Ethiopia and we will demolish Khartoum built with South Sudanese resources. You cowards I wish you start it. Whether over water or other issue one day Khartoum will pay the price for the evil she have done on Ethiopia. You will pay.

    • 10 October 2012 10:04, by magic

      Do you think Sudan can attack militarily wise? No we know Egypt and Sudan. They cannot bit us. We know from history that Ethiopia has defeated both Egypt and Sudan for many times. However we Ethiopians don’t want war by any means. We know peace has strong effect on our development. No Ethiopian looks for war but if war comes we can win the Arabs.

  • 10 October 2012 08:21, by Mapuor

    Is it true that white Nile contributes to Nile water at Khartoum only 20%?If its true then South Sudan,Uganda,DRC,Burundi,Rwanda,Tanzania and Kenya will not have much to contribute to the Nile water agreements,yeah South Sudan that is among the downstream countries can just negotiate with upstream countries to built one dam at Malut for hydro-electric power and irrigation of sugar scheme

    • 10 October 2012 15:38, by Ruach

      We construct a Big Dam in South Sudan called New Generation/Ngundeng Dam in River Nile(White Nile) that will not allow even a single droplet of H2O to the North or Egypt.Thank to God for the destruction of Jonlei Canal that would be dangerous to our biodiversities in Sud Region(Sud swamps).We are ready at any time against Arabs whether be in Egypt or fake Arab/immigrant of Sudan.

      • 11 October 2012 02:18, by Akol Liai Mager

        I’m not gainst anybody’s proclaimed prophet, but I don’t know why the South Sudan’s future Dam should not be given one of the names of our heros/Heroinne such as Nashigaak Nashilluk’s Dam, Peter Panhom Thanypiny’s Dam, Kerbino Kuanyin Bol’s Dam or William Nyuon Bany’s Dam.

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