Ethiopia: “No Force Could Stop Nile Dam Project”, Says Ethiopia

 

Addis Ababa, June 10, 2013 — As tensions between Egypt and Ethiopia rise over a new dam on the Blue Nile, Addis Ababa on Sunday stressed that no force could stop the construction of its massive Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) being built just 30 kilometers from the border with Sudan.

Concerns have swelled in Egypt after Ethiopia diverted the course of the Nile River last week in a bid to complete the project which is 21% completed.

In a closed door meeting held on Monday, Egyptian politicians from different political parties suggested to President Mohamed Mursi a number of sabotage proposals including military attacks as a means to stop the dam’s construction.

They also suggested Among others, backing Ethiopian rebels as a means to destroy the 4.8 billion dollar project, using Egypt’s intelligence service to destroy the dam as well as spreading rumors that could scare Ethiopia from continuing the project were sabotage plans proposed by Egyptian Politicians.

Following the Egyptian high profile meeting – which Egypt’s State TV accidently aired live – tensions between Cairo and Addis Ababa have further escalated.

In an interview with Sudan Tribune a senior government official on Sunday stated Ethiopia’s firm position over the Nile Dam saying the horn of Africa’s nation won’t negotiate over what he referred it was a “regional project”.

“There is no internal or external force that could stop the dam project” Ethiopia’s foreign ministry spokesperson, Ambassador Dina Mufti, told Sudan Tribune.

The Ethiopian official said the international panel of Experts has proofed that the construction of Ethiopia’s dam will not have any significant harm on downstream countries of Sudan and Egypt and the respective countries particularly Egypt has to accept the final findings.

However Egypt seems to be reluctant to accept the final conclusions and investigation outcomes released by the panel of experts which comprises of six members from Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia as well as four international experts.

“The final findings indicate that Egypt and Sudan will be benefited from clean energy generated by the plant and will also reduce the accumulation of sedimentation on lower riparian countries” Dina said.