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In Switch, Egypt May Join Ethiopia In Nile Dam Project

Posted by Ethio Tribune on October 22, 2013

At a news conference Oct. 7, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn announced that his country welcomes the participation of Egypt and Sudan in the construction of the dam and stressed that his government considers the dam to be jointly owned by Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt. Cairo viewed his statement as a positive step toward reaching a consensus on the project, despite its earlier sharp criticism of it.

In a telephone conversation Oct. 17, Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdul Muttalib told Al-Monitor: “Egypt doesn’t mind joining the Ethiopian government in building the dam for the service and development of the Ethiopian people. But we must agree on a number of items in a clear way to prevent any damage to Egypt as a result of the dam construction. The Egyptian government always opts for cooperation and participation. … During the coming negotiations with Ethiopia over the dam, we will clarify our position regarding the policy and method of operating the dam, the size of the storage lake attached to it, and how to fill it with water in times of flood and drought.” He stressed, “Egypt will definitely not participate in the construction unless these policies are agreed upon and agreements regarding them are signed.”

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Bashir heads to Ethiopia for commemoration of late PM Zenawi

Posted by Ethio Tribune on August 19, 2013

August 18, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese President Omer Hassan al-Bashir will fly to Addis Ababa on Monday paid to participate in commemorating the one-year anniversary of the death of late Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

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FILE PHOTO – Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi (h) speaks to the media during a joint news conference with Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir (Reuters)

Zeanwi, 57, died last year unexpectedly in Brussels where he was being treated for an undisclosed illness.

Sudanese media said that Bashir will also hold talks with Ethiopia Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on developments regarding relations between Khartoum and Juba with respect to the progress on implementing cooperation agreements they signed this year.

Ethiopia has been the main venue of negotiations between Sudan and South Sudan and also played a crucial role in helping bridge differences over the years.(sudan tribune)

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Ethiopia Relief Plane Arrives Khartoum

Posted by Ethio Tribune on August 16, 2013

Khartoum – Ethiopian cargo plane loaded with approximately, 74 tons of relief materials to the rains and floods-affected people in Sudan arrived in Sudan, Tuesday.
The Boeing 777 plane, with the Representative of the Ethiopian Prime Minister on board, was received by representatives of the Humanitarian Aid Commission, the Civil Defense, the police and the representatives of the Ethiopian embassy in Khartoum.
The assistance represents rapid response to the Ethiopian government to help the victims of the heavy rains and floods which swept different parts of the country.
(source: Sudan vision)

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US Report: Eritrea Among World’s Worst In Human Trafficking

Posted by Ethio Tribune on June 26, 2013

he United States Department of State has issued its annual “Trafficking In Persons” country report where it classifies Eritrea as a “Tier 3″ nation, a dubious distinction Eritrea’s had for five consecutive years.

The State Department attributes this to the Eritrean government’s “strict exit control procedures and limited issuance of passports and exit visas” which have forced those who wish to travel “to do so clandestinely, increasing their vulnerability to trafficking.”

The report estimates that between 166 to 250 Eritreans leave the country every month and that “62,000 Eritreans, including 1,000 unaccompanied minors” live in refugee camps in Ethiopia with a smaller but unspecified number in Djibouti and Yemen.

With respect to abduction for ransom, the report states that international “smugglers and traffickers sought out vulnerable Eritreans in refugee camps, particularly in Sudan, sometimes extorting money from them or torturing them as they were transported through the Sinai Peninsula.”

Victims were chained together, whipped and beaten regularly, deprived of food, raped, and forced to do construction work at gunpoint at smugglers’ personal homes. Eritrean military officers sometimes colluded with Sudanese or Ethiopian military officers to exploit Eritrean migrants. Eritrean military officers sometimes operated within Sudan to abduct refugees from camps, particularly those who voiced criticism of the Eritrean government or were prominent political or military figures.>>>read more

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Sudan & South Sudan diplomats voice support to Ethiopia dam

Posted by Ethio Tribune on June 24, 2013

une 23, 2013 (ADDIS ABABA) – Diplomats from Sudan and South Sudan have expressed their support for Ethiopia’s controversial Grand Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile river just 30km from the Sudanese border.

The diplomats made the remarks after a group of Ambassadors from member states of the Nile Basin Initiative over the weekend paid a visit to the construction site of the controversial Ethiopian power plant.

After Ethiopia diverted the flow of the Blue Nile as part of a procedure to build the massive $4.8 billion hydro-electric dam, serious concerns have been raised from Egypt, who has veto rights over all upstream projects under a colonial era treaty.

In recent weeks Cairo and Addis Ababa have engaged in a fierce verbal confrontation.

However the foreign ministers of the two countries earlier this week met in Addis Ababa to cool tensions, with the two sides agreeing to start further negotiations and consultations, along with Sudan, at political and technical levels.

After Saturday’s visit to the construction site, the Sudanese ambassador reiterated his country’s full support to the project, emphasising that countries in the region will benefit from the electricity produced by the dam.

Sudan has accepted the final findings by the international panel of experts which has studied the impact of the dam for downstream countries and has affirmed to send experts and technicians to help the construction…click here to read the full story

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ግድቡ በግብፅና ሱዳን ላይ አሉታዊ ተፅዕኖ እንደማያሳድር ደቡብ ሱዳን ገለፀች

Posted by Ethio Tribune on June 14, 2013

ደቡብ ሱዳን ግብፅና ኢትዮጵያ በአባይ ወንዝ አጠቃቀም ዙሪያ በትብብር እንዲሰሩ ጥሪ አቀረበች፡፡ ታላቁ የኢትዮጵያ ህዳሴ ግድብ በአባይ ወንዝ ተፋሰስ ላይ መገንባቱ የግብፅ፣ ሱዳንና ኢትዮጵያ የአሁኑና ቀጣይ ትውልዶች ጥቅም የሚያስጠብቅ መሆኑን የደቡብ ሱዳን ዋና ተደራዳሪ ፔጋን አሙም ገለፁ፡፡

የግድቡ መገንባት በታችኛው የናይል ተፋሰስ ሀገራት ማለትም በግብፅና ሱዳን ላይ የሚያስከትለው ምንም አይነት አሉታዊ ተፅዕኖ አለመኖሩንም ዋና ተደራዳሪው አክለው ገልፀዋል፡፡

ግድቡን አስመልክቶ ከሰሞኑ የግብፅ ባለስልጣናት ሲሰነዝሯቸው የነበሩትን አስተያየቶች ደቡብ ሱዳን በአንክሮ ስትከታተል መሰንበቷን የጠቀሱት ዋና ተደራዳሪው የአሁኑና ቀጣይ ትውልዶቻቸው ዕጣ ፈንታ ይሰምር ዘንድ የናይል ተፋሰስ ሀገራት በአባይ ወንዝ አጠቃቀም ዙሪያ በትብብር እንዲሰሩ መክረዋል፡፡

“ኢትዮጵያ የሌሎችን ጥቅም በማይጎዳ ሁኔታ የአባይን ውሃ ለኤሌክትሪክ ማመንጨትም ሆነ ለመስኖ አገልግሎት የመጠቀም መብት አላት፡፡ ግብፅና ኢትዮጵያም በአባይ ወንዝ አጠቃቀም ዙሪያ በትብብር እንዲሰሩ ጥሪ እናቀርባለን፡፡” ብለዋል ዋና ተደራዳሪው፡፡

ደቡብ ሱዳን የናይል ተፋሰስ አባል አገር እንደመሆኗ በወንዙ አጠቃቀም ዙሪያ ከፍትሃዊ ስምምነት ላይ ለመድረስ ከሌሎች የተፋሰሱ አገራት ጋር በቅርበት ትሠራለችም ብለዋል፡፡




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Sudan’s Bashir on 3-day visit to Eritrea

Posted by Ethio Tribune on June 13, 2013

June 12, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – Sudanese president Omer Al-Bashir begins on Thursday a three-day visit to Asmara where he will hold meetings with the Eritrean president Isaias Afwerki over bilateral relations between the two neighbours.

According to the Sudanese presidency Bashir’s delegation includes his presidency’ affairs minister Bakri Hassan Saleh, foreign affairs minister Ali Karti and the director of intelligence and security services Mohamed Atta.

“The two leaders will discuss the path of bilateral relations and ways to enhance joint cooperation between the two countries”, reported the state news agency SUNA on Wednesday.

This week, Al-Ayam newspaper disclosed that Afwerki had refused to allow SPLM-N rebels to open a new front against Bashir’s regime in eastern Sudan from his western border.

The independent daily reported that Afwerki had been approached last week by the SPLM-N leader Malik Agar and Yasir Arman, secretary general of the rebel group.

The SPLM-N, which formed an alliance with Darfur rebel groups, seeks to capitalise on the growing discontent of Beja ethnic group over the implementation of a peace treaty that Asmara sponsored with the former rebel East Front in October 2006.

Musa Mohamed Ahmed, presidential assistant and head of Eastern Front has reportedly left Khartoum to Asmara to protest the non-implementation of 2006 peace agreement.

Eritrea in the past supported the SPLM and other Sudanese rebel or opposition forces in their struggle against Khartoum government. However, Eritrea has bad relations with Juba which, after the signing of 2005 peace agreement, focused its efforts on the improvement of relations with its regional enemy Ethiopia.

On the other hand, Khartoum since improved its relations with the isolated regime in Asmara, as the two countries signed different political and economic accords. Sudan also banned the activities of Eritrean rebel groups from its territory.

In Khartoum, the opposition Eritrean Islam Islah (Reform) Movement on Wednesday announced that Sudanese security service arrested eight members of its military wing in Kassala, eastern Sudan , near the border with Eritrea.

Khartoum in the recent years was condemned by United Nations and rights groups for handing over Eritrean opponents to Asmara.

On October 17, 2011, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees condemned the Sudanese authorities for handing over 300 Eritreans to Asamara without screening them for refugee status.

Eritrea in the past accused Sudan of supporting Islamic groups who were carrying attacks against the government in the western province of Eritrea near the border.

(source: Sudan Tribune)


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Ethiopia dam to serve Sudan interests – Info Min.

Posted by Ethio Tribune on June 9, 2013

KHARTOUM, June 9 (KUNA) — Sudanese Minister of Culture and Information Ahmad Bilal welcomed on Sunday the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, under construction, saying it will serve his country’s interests.
“Ethiopia shared Sudan all details of the dam (also known as Hidase Dam) and involved Sudanese engineers and technicians in the execution of this project,” Bilal told reporters, lauding the cooperation with Addis Ababa in this regard.
“The bilateral ties with Ethiopia are growing steadily and Sudan welcomes all Ethiopians with open arms,” he affirmed.

Bilal criticized some Egyptian politicians for casting doubts on the project and on Sudan’s stance.
However, he expressed respect for the Egyptian government for making no official remarks against Sudan, advising those who do not realize the nature of the bilateral ties “not to spoil these ties.” (end) KUNA 092320 Jun 13NNNN

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Sudanese foreign minister “”Our view would not please the Egyptians and will upset them but Sudan will benefit greatly from the [Ethiopian] dam”

Posted by Ethio Tribune on June 6, 2013

Several Egyptian newspapers quoted security sources at Cairo airport as saying that a delegation led by spy chief Mohamed Raafat Shehata has boarded Egypt Air plane to Khartoum on Wednesday morning.

It was reported that Shehata was set to discuss Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam and its move last week to divert a stretch of the Blue Nile river to make way for the $4.7 billion hydroelectric plant. The Blue Nile joins the White Nile in Khartoum to form the Nile which flows through Sudan and Egypt before emptying into the Mediterranean.

But the Egyptian consul-general in Khartoum Mutaz Mustafa Kamel denied to the independent Khartoum newspaper any truth to reports of Shehata’s visit.

The Sudanese foreign ministry said that while it has no knowledge of the visit, it suggested that it could have taken place in coordination between Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi and his counterpart Omer Hassan al-Bashir.

Morsi phoned Bashir yesterday to discuss the issue of the Ethiopian dam, state media reported.

Egypt, which has been involved in years of troubled diplomacy with Ethiopia and other upstream countries, said Ethiopia must now halt work on the dam and cautioned that all options are on the table to deal with this development.

“Our view would not please the Egyptians and will upset them but Sudan will benefit greatly from the [Ethiopian] dam,” Osman said in a TV interview.

“The hurtful talk [against] Sudan does not serve the interests [of Egypt]” he added.

The Sudanese official further said the dam will enhance the flow of water from the huge reserves and feed the underground water while reducing dependency on rainfall. He said the benefits of the Ethiopian project will be shared by both nations….click here to read full story!


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Sudan Says No Adverse Effect On Sudan From Ethiopia’s Dam

Posted by Ethio Tribune on May 31, 2013

May 30, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese government has declared that the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) does not pose a threat to Sudan, disclosing existence of consultations and understandings among Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt on the project.

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Planned Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project (file/AP)

Sudan’s foreign ministry denied statements attributed to the Sudanese ambassador in Cairo, Kamal Hassan Ali, in which he expressed Sudan’s rejection of the dam’s construction.

The foreign ministry spokesperson, Abu Bakr Al-Siddig, said on Wednesday that Sudan’s ambassador to Cairo didn’t describe the Ethiopian move to change the course of the river Nile as “shocking”, denying reports that Sudan and Egypt would resort to the Arab League.

Al-Siddig added that Sudan’s ministry of water resources and electricity has affirmed that the Ethiopian move doesn’t impose any threat to Sudan, asserting that Sudan is committed to cooperate with Ethiopia and Egypt on issues of the river Nile’s water to serve the common interests of the three countries.

Sudan’s embassy in Cairo, for its part, denied the statements attributed to ambassador by a correspondent of the Anadolu Agency, adding that they were made on May 23 which is prior to the Ethiopian decision to change the course of the river.

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