No alternatives to negotiations on Ethiopian dam: Minister
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CAIRO: There is “no alternative” to negotiations in the case of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD,) Minister of Irrigation Hossam Moghazy told Youm7 Tuesday.
The agreements between the Egyptian and Ethiopian political leaders are positive, Moghazy said, confirming a meeting of the Tripartite National Committee (TNC) Oct. 5-6 in Cairo to discuss pending issues between Deltares and BRL.
The TNC will tackle means to allow the two consultation firms to conduct joint studies on the impact of GERD on Egypt and Sudan, according to Moghazy.
Dutch Deltares withdrew from the GERD studies earlier in September, citing TNC and BRL conditions that “did not provide sufficient guarantee for Deltares that an independent high-quality study could be carried out.”
Water resources experts previously recommended that Sisi intervene in the prolonged negotiations.