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Alemayehu of Aargau: the military conflict over the Renaissance dam unreal

Ethiopia is nearing completion of construction of its dam on the Blue Nile Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) – "the Dam of the great Renaissance of Ethiopia". Hydroelectric power plant aims to become the largest hydropower project in Africa. However, Egypt and Sudan, downstream of the Nile, not the first to Express concern with the construction of this HPP. The Ambassador of Ethiopia in Russia, Alemayehu Tegegn of Aargau in an interview with RIA Novosti Helen Protopopov told about the negotiations in Addis Ababa, Cairo and Khartoum on the dam, about the threat of drought because of it to Egypt and the Sudan and the possibility of a military conflict in the region due to large-scale Ethiopian structures.

The Ambassador of Ethiopia commented on the situation around the Renaissance dam

Military conflict Ethiopia with Egypt because of the differences in construction on the Blue Nile dam "Revival" (Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam - GERD) is unreal, said in an interview with RIA Novosti, Ambassador of Ethiopia to Russia, to Alemayehu Tegegn of Aargau.

"No. My answer is no," replied of Aargau, on the question whether the real military conflict in the region because of the tension in the negotiations on the GERD.

Egypt and Sudan are not in danger of drought because of the dam, said the Ambassador of Ethiopia

Drought in Egypt and Sudan due to construction on the Blue Nile of the Renaissance dam (Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam - GERD) is not threatened, said in an interview with RIA Novosti, Ambassador of Ethiopia to Russia, to Alemayehu Tegegn of Aargau.

"No. We do not have any possibility to create a drought. You know Ethiopia can not bear drought. Drought is a phenomenon out of the will of Ethiopia, it is beyond our capacity. If a drought happens, it will be the responsibility of the three countries – Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt and Ethiopia", - said the Ambassador when asked to comment on forecasts of some experts, stating that GERD can lead to drought in Egypt and Sudan.

The Ambassador of Ethiopia: the need for US participation in negotiations on the dam, and no

The necessity of U.S. involvement in the negotiations between Addis Ababa, Khartoum and Cairo is under construction on the Blue Nile dam "Revival" (Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam - GERD) no, said in an interview with RIA Novosti, Ambassador of Ethiopia to Russia, to Alemayehu Tegegn of Aargau.

He recalled that the US had previously made at the tripartite talks, some rounds of which took place in Washington, in the role of observer. "From the very beginning the US was not a mediator. USA acted as the observer. Now there is no need for US involvement, since the negotiations are held under the auspices of the African Union. African issues - the African solution," the diplomat said.

The EU is ready to contribute to the settlement of the crisis over Ethiopian dam

The European Union stands ready to assist African countries in resolving the crisis over under construction on the Nile Ethiopia the Renaissance dam, the commissioning of which can lead to scarcity of water resources in Egypt and Sudan, said on Sunday the EU high representative for foreign and security policy of Josep Borrell.

"I am ready to coordinate with my colleagues in the international community financial support, if the region is able to offer a predictable and coherent approach to the management of the waters of the river," wrote Borrell in his blog on the page of the foreign service of the EU.

Scientists explain the formation of a new ocean

Scientists have warned about the possible appearance in the future a new ocean, according to NBC News.

According to the calculations of researchers that approximately five to ten million years in Eastern Africa, formed by tectonic fault, resulting in a continent "split" into two parts.

Sudan said on lowering the level of the flow of the Blue Nile

The Ministry of irrigation and water resources Sudan is said to reduce the level of the river flow of Blue Nile to 90 million cubic meters a day after the announcement by Ethiopia on the beginning of filling the reservoir of the dam "Renaissance".

The Minister of irrigation of Ethiopia, seleshi Bekele announced Wednesday on the beginning of filling the reservoir of the Renaissance dam, around which conducted the difficult negotiations between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan. According to the TV station al-Arabiya, with reference to the Minister, the first phase of the storage dam will be filled by 4.9 billion cubic meters.

Is the world ready to fight for the fresh water and electricity

Foreign Minister Sameh shoukry said on the futility of negotiations with Ethiopia and Sudan to the patient for the three countries in question — construction on the Blue Nile dam "Rebirth".

Surprise it was not, as earlier Cairo officially asked the UN security Council with a complaint about "not positive" the position of Ethiopia and the request to intervene in the "stalled" negotiations.

Ethiopian Ambassador to Russia has criticized the appeal of Egypt to the UN because of the dam

The Ambassador of Ethiopia in Russia, Alemayehu Tegegn believes that Egypt had no need to go to the UN security Council on the dam "Renaissance".

Egypt has not officially appealed to the UN Security Council to intervene in the negotiations on the construction of the dam to avoid unilateral steps on the part of Addis Ababa. Cairo said that he had taken such a step because of the "stalled" negotiations in connection with the "not positive" position of Ethiopia and the lack of "political desires".

Lavrov praised the talks Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia on the dam

Moscow welcomes the resumption of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia in negotiations to reach an agreement on the construction of the Ethiopian dam "Revival", said the Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

"Now is encouraging that the parties have again agreed to speed up contacts between the relevant Ministers," Lavrov said after talks with the foreign Ministers of the Troika of the African Union (DRC, Egypt, South Africa) format video.

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