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Monday, 21 June 2021

Last Night’s Talk Shows: Aboul Gheit on GERD

Headlining the talk shows last night: Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit, who gave an extended interview to Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa about the dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). The two talked about the Arab League’s recent call for the UN Security Council to intervene, other international efforts to pressure Ethiopia to re-enter negotiations, and what could happen if Addis Ababa goes ahead and continues filling the dam without an agreement. You can watch the full interview here (watch, runtime: 27:13).

The ball is now in the international community’s court: The EU and the UN should have by now realized the enormity of the GERD dispute, and should start taking firm steps to resolve the impasse in case the African Union fails to achieve a breakthrough in negotiations (watch, runtime: 6:30).

What will happen if Ethiopia proceeds with GERD’s second filling in the upcoming weeks? Destabilization of the Horn of Africa, according to Aboul Gheit, who described the move as “very dangerous” (watch, runtime: 3:23). He claimed that all 11 countries on the Horn of Africa back Egypt and Sudan’s position on the GERD and said that Arab countries will continue pushing for a resolution that pressures Ethiopia to return to the negotiating table.

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