Ethiopia Will Pay for any Damage Caused by GERD: Egypt’s Water Minister

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Egypt’s Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Hani Sewilam warned Ethiopia that any damage caused by the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) to Egypt would come at a cost. “Any dam constructed along the Nile River affects Egypt. Some impacts are manageable, others are not. Ethiopia will pay for any impact on Egypt one day,” Sewilam said during a speech on World Water Day on 22 March. Referring to the 2015 Declaration of Principles, signed by Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia, Sewilam highlighted the agreement’s provision holding the responsible party accountable for any harm inflicted on downstream nations. The minister emphasised Egypt’s right to enforce any necessary measures to safeguard its population in the event of a direct threat to its water security from the dam’s operations. He clarified that prolonged drought conditions, which could persist for years, would expose Egypt to risks associated with the GERD. In such scenarios, the existing reservoir in Egypt’s Aswan High Dam would diminish due to water being stored in Ethiopia’s dam to generate electricity. Sewilam also stressed the necessity of equitable water distribution to ensure the well-being of populations in affected countries. Both Nile…

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