Ethiopia suspects the United States of wanting to deprive it of $ 130 million in development aid to put pressure on it in the context of discussions on the Great Renaissance Dam (GERD). As the negotiations go from impasse to impasse, the filling of the dam continues.

Ethiopia suspects the United States of wanting to put pressure on it within the framework of the negotiations underway on the filling of the dam of the Great Renaissance (6,450 MW). The US has in fact decided to stop its development aid of $ 130 million, allocated to security, the fight against terrorism and human trafficking in the country of the Horn of Africa.

“We asked for clarification on the US decision not to release the $ 130 million allocated to Ethiopia. We have heard that this is related to the ongoing negotiations on the Great Renaissance Dam , ” said Fitsum Arega, Ethiopian Ambassador to the United States.

The dam is being built with equity for more than $ 4 billion on the Blue Nile, on which Egypt depends for its freshwater supply. She fears that her water supply will be compromised. Ethiopia for its part believes that this will not happen and that it has the right to use the resources of its territory for its development.

The negotiations started since 2016, under the aegis of several mediators including the United States in early 2020, to reach an agreement between the two countries have still not been successful. In the meantime, Ethiopia started filling the dam during the month of July.

 

Source: Agence Ecofin

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