Tigrai Online, November 21, 2013
In the first week of November local and international news media including Walta infromation center reported The Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegnhad indicated a joint ownership of the mega project by saying “Ethiopia considers the Renaissance Dam as a joint ownership”. Walta - http://www.waltainfo.com/index.php/editors-pick/10664-ethiopia-calls-on-sudan-and-egypt-to-contribute-to-establshment-of-renaissance-dam
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is under construction on the Blue Nile River in the Benishangul-Gumuz Regional state of Ethiopia. The dam will generate 6,000 MW of electricity when completed. The Egyptians have been using direct and indirect threats to stop Ethiopia from building the dam.
“Egypt doesn’t need to launch a military strike against the Woyanne junta, although from an Ethiopian point of view, that would be great. The fastest way to bring the Woyanne junta that is ruling Ethiopia to its knees is for Egypt to start a dialogue with Ethiopian opposition groups (the pro-Ethiopian unity ones; not the secessionists) with the goal of reaching an agreement on Nile river that is mutually beneficial to both Ethiopia and Egypt. After reaching an agreement, Egypt doesn’t have to lift a finger, other than providing assistance to Ethiopian opposition groups who will be happy to dismantle Woyanne and replace it with the a government that works to bring peace to the entire region. This is the most effective and much less costly way of stopping the Woyanne grand dam” Ethiopian Review June 06, 2013.
The Egyptians were embolden by such outrageous statements from the shameful Ethiopian opposition groups like Ginbot-7 and they provided millions of dollars to shady media outlets like ESAT TV to spread their racist and dividing propaganda.
Today Egypt independent.com has the following paragraph in one of it’s articles quoting a Turkish news agency.
“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.”