GRD Project, a reason for regional cooperation

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Addis Ababa, 6 March 2014 (WIC) - It was repeatedly stated that there will be no significant harm to the lower riparian countries because of the on-going Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project.

For this, the International Panel of Experts (IPoE) had assured that technically or physically the dam could cause no harm on Egypt or Sudan.
However, the Egyptian side --scholars, diplomats and politicians are pressing ahead with their stubborn stance against GRD Project in various ways.
For instance, through their universities, diplomacy and other international institutions, in vain, they attempt to pose intimidation on Ethiopia so that it could either halt or slowdown the construction of the dam until 'preconditions' are fulfilled.
In an exclusive interview with The Ethiopian Herald, Berhanu Belachew, Geography Department Head and lecturer at the Kotebe University College, who has been giving scholastic analysis on the dam at various forums here in the country and abroad said that when one thinks about Egypt's scholars and diplomats, the questions 'Are these people really educated? Do these people provide their government with professional advice?' cross his/her mind.
It is evident that Egypt has many hydrologists. These hydrologists never fail to know about cross-boundary rivers and the benefit all the riparian countries get from it. It would have been better if they had informed the reality to their government, the same holds true for the diplomats.
The International Panel of Experts had confirmed that the design of the dam has met all international standards and Egypt also knows this fact. Contrary to that, al-Monitor recently published, citing a scholar in one of Egypt's universities, that the design has failed to fulfill international standards and it is even vulnerable to earthquake and as such possible collapse could cause destruction on Egypt and Sudan, Berhanu said these are unfounded anxieties.