Abel Birhanu New May 19, 2020


In a letter marked by Ethiopia's Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew and conveyed to the UN Security Council,(UNSC), Ethiopia said it "doesn't have a lawful commitment" to look for Egypt's endorsement to fill the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). It likewise reprimanded Egypt for the stagnation of GERD dealings. 


The letter was a reaction to Egypt's previous move to take the issue to the UNSC by submitting 17 pages letter in which it solicited Ethiopia to stop the filling from the GERD. The most recent improvement is occurring in the background of slowed down trilateral talks between Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan both because of the impacts of COVID-19, yet more so after Ethiopia has would not participate in the US intervened talks. 


The main stage-filling of GERD's supply has demonstrated particularly petulant and has seen Sudan backtrack on tolerating Ethiopia's April 2020 proposition. In any case, Ethiopia stays firm and said arrangements were finished to start the principal stage-filling as of the coming July 2020. As per Ethiopia's proposition of April 10/2020, the primary stage-filling, which is planned to take two years to finish, will see the dam up to 595 meters above ocean level and permit its store to hold 18.4 billion cubic meters. 


FM Gedu's letter to the UNSC further clarified Ethiopia's situation in April. "This stockpiling is intended to start testing the force plant – adequately discharging the water downstream. Besides, the impoundment is completed in two years with 4.9 billion cubic meters of water in the principal year and 13.5 [billion] cubic meters of water in the subsequent year. This volume of water taken from the normal progression of 49 billion cubic meters of the Blue Nile causes no huge mischief on downstream supplies. Besides, the standards for first stage-filling are not the production of Ethiopia. Or maybe, they are taken from the non-disputable segments of the whole 'rules and rules' turned out to be by the three nations."

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