While GERD’s Reservoir Remains Empty, Tensions Rise in Dam Dispute

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy

Author(s): Timothy E. Kaldas

Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/while-gerds-reservoir-remains-empty-tensions-rise-in-dam-dispute/

This past week, Ethiopia opted to skip what was billed as the final round of talks in Washington to resolve the dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Resolving the dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam has been more challenging for American negotiators than they appear to have anticipated, as this was the second missed deadline for resolving the dispute. Despite claims that a fill schedule had been agreed on and an agreement would be signed by the end of February, Ethiopia skipped, derailing any hope of signing an agreement and entered into a war of words with the U.S.. Following Ethiopia’s decision not to attend the negotiations in late February, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin issued a statement insisting Ethiopia shouldn’t begin filling the dam’s reservoir until an agreement had been reached. Ethiopia rejected this and called on the U.S. to “correct” its statement, with Ethiopia’s foreign minister Gedu Andargachew referring to it as “undiplomatic.”

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