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 Delicate deliberations

 Delicate deliberations

After a number of back and forth and negotiations between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan, that included a tripartite negotiation on technical level circulating among Addis Ababa, Cairo and Khartoum; and one previous mediated talks sponsored by US Treasury Department and World Bank, concrete accord seems to have been reached regarding the filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), this week. According to the Ethiopian Negotiation team that includes foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew and water, Irrigation and Energy Minister, Sileshi Bekele (PhD), the three nations have agreed on what they called “drought threshold” beyond which Ethiopia will not continue to fill the GERD not to significantly harm the water flowing down to Egypt. So far, the Egypt and Ethiopia has not agreed on how to fill the GERD which includes what should be the minimum level of water flow that Ethiopia should maintain not to harm the water interest of Egypt while filling the Dam. Hence, the agreement stipulates that water flowing into GERD should be less than 37 billion meter cube for Ethiopia to continue to fill the Dam, there by defining conditions below which it can be called drought conditions and filling will temporarily cease not harm water flowing to Egypt. According to Sileshi, under normal condition, water volume that a flow into GERD is around 49 billion meter cube and Ethiopia can use the water conditions between 37 and 49 billion meter cube to fill the GERD. Pictured above are negotiation team of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan holding talk with US President Donald Trump with Treasure secretary Steven Mnuchin.