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Egypt, Ethiopia, Agree to Reduce Tensions Over Nile Waters
Cairo, Sep 27 (Prensa Latina) Egypt and Ethiopia agreed on the importance of reducing tensions because of the construction of a mega-dam in Ethiopia that Cairo fears will diminish the flow of the Nile River, an official spokesman said here today.
Ethiopian foreign minister Tedros Adhanom told his Egyptian counterpart, Nabil Fahmy, "either we swim or drown together," a spokesman of the Egyptian Foreign Ministry told the official MENA news agency.
The difference between the two countries which both belong to the African Union became worse mid-year when Addis Ababa began filling the Renaissance mega-dam; the basis for a hydroelectric project with which it expects to meet its energy needs and export electricity to neighboring countries.
Ethiopia has taken all necessary precautions to avoid injuring Egyptian interests, said the Ethiopian leader during the meeting between the two ministers in the framework of the 68th UN General Assembly underway in New York.
Fahmy stated that his country recognized the right of Ethiopia to benefit from its natural resources, but expressed great concern for Egypt's water security due to its total dependency on Nile waters, according to the source.
Ethiopia and other states of the Blue Nile basin view the treaties allowing Egypt an annual 55 billion cubic meter quota of water to be null and void, for having been signed in the colonial era.
Never trust Egypt!
A conflict on this project will likely to continue in the future. Specially, when Egypt economy and political condition is stable, it will always try impose restriction on the usage of the water. If Ethiopia is not prepared to respond accordingly, it will be unwise and it is a waste of resources. Ethiopia should work with Egypt to minimize the damage on the Egypt side. However, it should also be prepare for everything. Among other security preparedness, it is highly recommended to build security water gates. The security gates will be used to divert the water to somewhere else if Egypt trying to impose restriction on the usage of the water or if Egypt tries to attack the dam (the generator, transmission, controlling, or distribution) system. Ethiopia can respond by opening a couple of gates and reduce the downstream water flow. It will be unwise for Ethiopians if they do not have a security plan in place if the billion dollar project is attacked at any time. Ethiopians should be proactive rather than being reactive. The whole point is Ethiopia and Egypt has to work together to enjoy the benefit of the river.
Anyway the hydroelectric power project must be go forward upto the end, then we will see what will be happen with our enemy Egyptians
if it’s continue as they do now Egyptians their attitude and are not pleasant to anyone at that time Ethiopia can do more worse than what it does now, that the water can pollute it, or change the direction until we can use it.
The reducing of nile water will not be the great renasounse dam of ethiopia. But their is rapid deforestation in ethiopia around lack Tana .the last 30 years lack Tana decrease half of its volume becouse of evaporation, deforstation that couse dramatic change the flow of nile water to dowenstream countries. If egyption consern about the nile water they must help to stop deforestation and they must help to plant more trees in ethiopia that is the win win solution
“The production of electricity at the Aswan High Dam is likely to drop by almost 40 percent should the Ethiopian dam be built,” concluded Nader Noureddin, a professor of agriculture at Cairo University.
“Ethiopia is killing us,” taxi driver Ahmed Hossam said, as he picked his way through Cairo’s notoriously traffic-clogged streets. “If they build this dam, there will be no Nile. If there’s no Nile, then there’s no Egypt.”
Few months back Egyptian politicians were caught on live television describing the dam as an act of war by Ethiopia backed by (who else?) the USA , China and Israel. “China simply sees this as terrific business,” China forgets that No Human Rights = No Development
Water cost many people’s lifes in history in Africa. For example if one asks
QUESTION:WHY DID THE DARFUR,SUDAN GENOCIDE START?
ANSWERARFUR,SUDAN GENOCIDE STARTED BECAUSE OF WATER. CLIMATE CHANGE EFFECT SHRUNK LAKE CHAD TO A SIZE OF A POND LEAVING THE THE ANIMALS AND PEOPLE THAT RELY ON LAKE CHAD WITH NO FOOD.
WATER = HUMAN LIFES.
WATER LOST = HUMAN LIFES LOST.
No Human Rights = No Development
let’s not forget that Egypt is desert parched depending on other African states for its water supply as always forever. and.of coz you understand the meaning of depending on someone else!
Among the many menses that can be used to deter Egypt’s outright attack, at present, Ethiopia has the ability to divert the Blue Nile River and manipulate the flow for a different use at any time, if needed.
However, we should not underestimate the indirect attacks Egypt is currently unlashing against us using different menses including economic sabotage and destabilization activities.
Attack is attack direct or indirect. An indirect attack could be as detrimental as a direct one. It is not ok to let it continue and progress unchallenged.
In my view, the means to guarantee our interest is in our control and discretion and not the other hand. We should be able to use that to force Egypt to work with us for its own good.
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