Renaissance Dam poses threat to Egyptian monuments: Antiquities minister

Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Karty said Tuesday that the GERD would not affect the relationship between his country and Egypt, as Sudan is acting as mediator between Egypt and Ethiopia.

By Aya Nader
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) will have a negative effect on Egyptian monuments because of the instability of the ground after water recedes, Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim said Tuesday.

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD)  (Photo from Ethiopian Electric Power Cooperation) -
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD)
(Photo from Ethiopian Electric Power Cooperation) –

Head of the ministry’s monuments division, Ali Al-Asfar, said this concern should serve as incentive “to the world to study the effect of the dam on Egyptian monuments.”
Current projects nationwide have lowered groundwater, keeping it just below the foundations of monuments, Al-Asfar explained. “The monuments have stabilised over this [altered] position, even if [this lower water level] is incorrect,” he said. “Lowering the water levels further will cause cracks on the long term.”
All such projects in the vicinity of monumental sites should thus be suspended, he asserted.
Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Karty said Tuesday that the GERD would not affect the relationship between his country and Egypt, as Sudan is acting as mediator between Egypt and Ethiopia.
In a press conference the same day, Egyptian foreign ministry spokesman Badr Abdelatty stressed the historical nature of the bond between Egypt and Sudan, while also emphasising that water security lies at the core of Egypt’s national security.
He added that Egypt’s historical rights to the Nile’s water are “nonnegotiable”.
Egyptian Minister of Irrigation Mohammad Abdul Muttalib had said on Monday that if Ethiopia wants to generate electricity, it should build a smaller dam, noting that the current project would operate “at only 30% efficiency”.
Egypt and Sudan have expressed concern over the effect of the dam on their share of the Nile’s water since its construction began in April 2011.
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  1. Amhara elites have a golden opportunity to make a choice – a clear choice- between these two alternatives provided by two contending Amhara elites:
    Alemneh Mekonnen:
    http /ecadforum. com/ethiopianvideo /2014/02/01/leaked-audio-amhara-region-leader-insulting-the-amhara-people/
    Or that of Tekle Yeshaw’s (Moresh Wegene Chairman) far-reaching manifesto who is pleading with the Amhara people to wake up against Oromos
    http: //www. youtube. com/watch?v=xj BRmTBLnew
    What Tekle Yeshaw forgot is that we are not in the 19th century. It was an unfortunate time for all people in the south to have been outgunned by the help of European colonizers. Despite the fact that Menelik’s colonial expansion left an unforgivable social disorder among the victims of his subjects, we tried to come to terms with the possibility of change in which the victims will be recognized and become a full member of the society, Tekle Yeshaw and his zombies (Sirgute, Abe..etc ) are spreading their hate propaganda in closed doors and communities. The fact that Tekle Yeshaw served under the Derg regime in the ministry of information gives credence to the seriousness of his poltical program.
    For those whose mission has been to malign the Oromo political leaders as a poltical strategy to silence the Oromo uprising, you need to look inside your kitchen first. Oromo poltical leaders are open about their intentions and they do not hide behind back doors. They are all revered by the Oromo people and they do not plead or ask Amhara polticians for any help in the collective struggle.
    Think about it if you have the brain.

  2. Molla: Your comment has nothing to do with the news item. Your hate has gone to the extreme. You have to come out of the hate glass. Otherwise you will not see properly. If you don’t see properly, then the direction of your walk will be hampered. For your information, Teklie Yeshaw has never asked the Amharas to stand against the Oromos. He asked the Amharas to stand for their interest and security before it is too late. He shows the damages being done against the Amhara ethnicity. If you think that is asking them to “wake up against the Oromos”, I think you have missed the point. If you think you have the freedom to talk about the Oromos, then why not Teklie talk about the Amharas? Please be civil and considerate.

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