Source: Arab Center Washington DC
Author(s): Khalil al-Anani
On July 19, Ethiopia announced that it had completed the second filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). This unilateral step had been rejected by the downstream countries, Egypt and Sudan, which insisted on a binding agreement with Ethiopia before it completed filling of the dam. The Ethiopian move added fuel to the stalled negotiations between the three countries and underscored the fact that reaching an agreement over the filling and operation of the dam remains elusive. This stalemate raises several questions about Egypt’s options in dealing with Ethiopia’s unilateral moves and Cairo’s ability and readiness to face the consequences of GERD becoming a reality.
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