Tigrai Onlne - August 28, 2014
The tripartite talks were hold in the capital city of Sudan, Khartoum on Monday August 25 and 26 2014. Water ministers from the three countries participated in the two days meeting to restart the talks on the construction of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. The talks stopped a year ago after the Egyptians were acting irrationally toward the Ethiopian mega project. The Ethiopian government refused to stop construction of the dam which is more than 35% done by now.
After the election of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi as a president of Egypt, the country seems to have done a 180 degree turn for the better. The previous president of Egypt Morsi almost brought the countries to the brink of war by threatening military action against the Ethiopian dam. Despite the saber rattling of Morsi’s jihadist government, Ethiopia pushed ahead construction of the GERD without stopping for one second.
Now the Egyptians are getting the message that Ethiopia will not stop construction of the GERD no matter what.
A twelve member committee of experts will be formed soon to conduct the study. Each nation will send four experts to the committee. The task of the committee is to study the environmental, hydrological and social impact of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
The game is over for all those Ethiopians who worked day and night with Egypt and Eritrea to stop the construction of the GERD. Even the Egyptians are quite clear about this fact now. Helmy El-Shaarawy a Former Director of the Arab and African Research Centre in Cairo says "Egypt is dealing with the dam as a matter of fact, and that its construction cannot be stopped"
Congratulations to the majority of Ethiopians in Ethiopia and in the Diaspora throughout the world for standing strong and showing the world nothing will stop us from using our God given resources.
We should not conclude without extending our heartfelt gratitude to the people and government of the Sudan for taking a very difficult stand supporting Ethiopia and Ethiopians.