Ethiopia accuses Egypt, media of pushing colonial treaty

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By Elias Meseret

Ethiopia has stepped up its rhetoric against Egypt and its media today. The country’s water and irrigation minister, Eng. Sileshi Bekele, told journalists today in Addis that Egypt is pushing Ethiopia to accept a colonial treaty which he said was ‘outdated.’

The minister stressed that Ethiopia has nothing to hide when it comes to the dam as opposed to reports on some Egyptian media outlets, which he referred as reaching to ‘blind conclusions.’ He remarked that Egypt never consulted his country when it built various dams, but said Ethiopia has been transparent enough with the Renaissance Dam.

“It is unthinkable that Ethiopia will stop the construction of the dam even if disagreement is reached on the dam effect study,” the minister said. “We invited them to the negotiation, and it’s up to them to stick to it.”

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