Dejen Yemane Messele @MesseleDejen

Addis Abeba, August 07/2010 – The pinnacle-to-head negotiation between Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan on the GERD is continuous with out make or break.  It was noteworthy that Egypt’s opposition and warning in opposition to Ethiopia to not begin filling the GERD earlier than placing a complete deal on the submitting and operation of the GERD was snubbed and the primary filling has been achieved. The GERD negotiation is, nevertheless, nonetheless ongoing with an unsure outcomes.

The negotiation appears to be continued till an settlement is struck.  However placing an settlement appears an unimaginable undertaking given the ever insufferable quests from Egypt and Sudan. This unbelievable observe makes negotiation very indeterminate. However the dedication to proceed and to stay with the negotiation indefinitely needs to be questioned from Ethiopia’s aspect. Egypt’s and Sudan’s dedication to stay with and to remain on board the GERD negotiations is kind of apparent, they’ve clear targets. However what’s Ethiopia’s goal to stay with this indeterminate negotiation, a negotiation that may come to an finish solely when Egypt and Sudan are happy?

This is able to value Ethiopia lots. Persevering with and dwelling within the negotiation places Ethiopia able of unfair bargaining​-​low cost. Egypt and Sudan have secured the settlement from Ethiopia to fill the dam from 4 to seven years which might have in truth been crammed solely inside three years. However what does Ethiopia get from the negotiation apart from backtracking prices?  Would Egypt and Sudan depart the negotiation flooring if Ethiopia stays agency in rejecting their unlawful and unacceptable claims? They’d not. They are going to comply with signal an settlement on the factors the place consensus has already been reached. However Ethiopia can decline to signal even these partially agreed factors. Doing so would imply filling GERD with full sovereignty.  

The negotiating workforce ought to current new claims to Egypt and Sudan. Environmental prices and compensation for the previous injustices made by these two states in opposition to the higher riparian state will be raised on this regard. This may restrain each from making unacceptable quests.  With out doing this, simply stating ‘we will never negotiate on Ethiopia’s nationwide curiosity’ by the tip of every negotiation serves nothing.  Ethiopia will lose by staying on this infinite negotiation until measures are taken to finish it.  The negotiation course of is now interpreted as an obligation to succeed in right into a binding settlement on the filling and operation of the GERD. This interpretation could carry an unlucky consequence to Ethiopia’s operation of the GERD.

Ethiopia should stop this indeterminate negotiation with the willpower that ‘sovereignty has a reputation.’ AS


Editor’s Be aware: Dejen Yemane Messele is a PhD scholar, Addis Abeba College, School of Regulation and Governance Research. He will be reached at

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