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Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Ethiopia open to ongoing GERD talks with Egypt despite dispute

Ethiopia leaves door open for more GERD talks: Ethiopia is open to continuing talks with Egypt on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), despite failing to reach an agreement in the latest round of African Union-sponsored talks, Bloomberg reports. The talks ended amid concerns Ethiopia would unilaterally fill the dam’s reservoir without first reaching an agreement, a move Egypt considers illegal. Ethiopia blamed the “unchanged stances and additional and excessive demands of Egypt and Sudan” for the lack of a breakthrough in the negotiations, according to a statement by its water and irrigation ministry on Tuesday, stressing that “Ethiopia is committed to show flexibility” to reach an outcome that’s acceptable to both sides.

Has Ethiopia already started filling the dam? New satellite photos show a swell of water in the GERD’s reservoir, seeming evidence that Addis Ababa has already begun to fill the dam. An analyst at the International Crisis Group tells the Associated Press that this is unlikely to be the case, and is instead probably a “natural backing-up of water” caused by the rainy season.

Sudan has submitted its final report following the latest round of talks on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) from 3-13 July to the African Union, which sponsored the talks, state news agency SUNA reports. It included draft proposals for a “ balanced and fair agreement that is suitable to be the basis for a comprehensive and acceptable agreement between the three countries,” according to the report.

Deputy speaker welcomes east Libya parliament’s request for Egyptian military assistance: Deputy Speaker Soliman Wahdan has commended the statement by the Libyan House of Representatives, which on Monday invited the Egyptian military to intervene in the conflict to deter Turkey’s eastward advances, Youm7 reports.

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