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Ethiopia and Egypt spar over the Nile

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02/07/14

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Ethiopia and Egypt spar over the Nile

Ethiopia and Egypt spar over the Nile
The Blue Nile River in Guba, Ethiopia, during its diversion ceremony last month Photo By William Lloyd-George

Ethiopia and Egypt spar over the Nile

By Hassen Hussein

Opinion

Al Jazeera

On Jan. 8, Ethiopia turned down Egypt’s demand that it suspend construction of its mega-dam on the Nile, further escalating tensions between the two states. Fearing that Ethiopia’s $4.2 billion project would reduce the river’s flow, Egypt calls for a halt in construction until the dam’s downstream impact is determined. Otherwise, it has vowed to protect its “historical rights” to the Nile at “any cost.”

While scoffing at Egyptian threats, Ethiopia has called for Cairo’s collaboration in negotiations and claims that the dam will have no adverse effect on Egypt. It would, in fact, decrease evaporation and improve water flow. Ethiopia hopes that the ambitious hydroelectric project, slated to be completed in 2017, would catapult the country out of poverty. Frustrated by what it described as Ethiopia’s stubborn stance, Cairo is threatening to take the issue to the United Nations Security Council.

Is this just standard diplomatic brinkmanship before an inevitable compromise, or a harbinger of a looming water war? Regardless, the lack of progress on the diplomatic front bodes ill for a quick end to a stalemate that has long gripped the region. Home to 600 million people, more than half of Africa’s total population, the Nile Basin is already traumatized by endless internal political strife and mounting pressures to feed a population growing at Malthusian proportions.

However, as ominous as it sounds, the collapse of the talks does not necessarily mean Egypt and Ethiopia will soon be locking horns. Despite suggestions to the contrary, this is simply the waning phase of a protracted diplomatic dance before an inevitable conciliation

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Comment from: Axumawit [Visitor]
Axumawit

Greatness comes with tremendous sacrifice.Ethiopia proved her greatness with sacrifice.What ever happened in conflict with Egypt,she will prove that time is on her side.

02/07/14 @ 21:48
Comment from: HABTAMU NEGADEW [Visitor]
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HABTAMU NEGADEW

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02/07/14 @ 22:17
Comment from: ayalew_mognu [Member]  

Hello, All!

Look at who is giving orders to Ethiopia: “Egypt”! “Egypt” has no right at all regarding Abbay Wenz. Ethiopia needn’t even fire a single bullet to bring “Egypt” to a grinding halt and begging Ethiopia for mercy on all fours [within less than 24 hours at that]!

If Egypt’s push comes to a shove, every Ethiopian has the responsibility to blow up the banks of Abbay at 100 strategic sites and let every single drop of Abbay stay in Ethiopia! That’s what “Egypt” exactly deserves: NOT A SINGLE DROP OF ABBAY! What negotiations and what is there to discuss with Egypt about Ethiopia’s 100% property?

All Ehiopia got from the ungrateful, foul-mouth, scum-bag Egyptian pigs is threat after threat! Shouldn’t “Egyptians” say: THANK YOU ETHIOPIA FOR KEEPING EGYPT ALIVE SINCE THE BEGINNING OF TIME! Well, the dam’s work shouldn’t even be stopped for a single second, let alone be halted. It will be Egypt’s grossest miscalculation of the millennium if it is counting on its friends like “Eritrea” and its well-placed spies!

Don’t count on Sudan’s loyalty to Ethiopia. Sudan signed a bilateral military-intelligence treaty with Egypt just yesterday. That is Egypt’s way of putting Ethiopia on notice about its war footing with Ethiopia. Else, why would Egypt need Sudan for military and security ties? [There is already an accord that allows Egypt to build air bases close to Ethiopia].

Meanwhile, the same day the Egypt-Sudan Defense Ministers were signing the treaty, 45 delegates from “The Foreign Ministry of Egypt” were lecturing Ethiopians about their right over the Nile. I am dumb-founded that nobody asked one very simple question: What right can Egypt have on a 100% Ethiopia’s own natural resource like Abbay?

Do you remember what Egyptians did to Ethiopia’s Oromo refugees in Egypt just a few months ago? They beat the hell out of them and threw them out of their apartments! The suffering of those Oromos was music to the ears of Weyanes and Weyanes Government was paid a visit by none other than Egypt’s Foreign Minister!

The Oromos counted on Gallas (OLF)! How ironic! Well, 45 of Egypt’s diplomatic elites walked in to Ethiopia “for a five-day visit” and nobody uttered a word about Egypt’s atrocities! Does Egypt really deserve a single drop of Abbay Wenz?

PS: In view of Egypt’s threat, shouldn’t Ethiopians world-wide organize fund-raising concerts to complete the dam ahead of schedule? I know Weyane rules Ethiopia, but Ethiopia is a country I VERY PROUDLY call MY HOMELAND rain or shine! Abbay and Weyane are not synonymous to me!

Here are some related links:

www.waltainfo.com/index.php/editors-pick/12220-egyptians-right-does-not-mean-it-is-not-the-right-for-other-nile-basin-countries-ambassador

www.waltainfo.com/index.php/editors-pick/12218-khartoum-and-cairo-agree-to-strengthen-military-ties-protect-joint-borders

http://gadaa.com/oduu/20297/2013/06/17/letter-of-appeal-from-the-oromo-refugees-in-egypt/

www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2013/06/201361711365644208.html

www.newvision.co.ug/news/645490-egypt-warns-ethiopia-over-plans-to-build-dam-on-river-nile.html

02/07/14 @ 23:05
Comment from: Tamru [Visitor]  
Tamru

This is our time we Ethiopians have to unite and show the world that we the people of Great Ethiopia are kind when there is fairness, but we are strong to defend our resources when some body is messing up against our property.
So wake up every Ethiopian and show your UNITY.
We will be there when our mother land is in trouble.

02/07/14 @ 23:59
Comment from: yohannse Eshete [Visitor]
yohannse Eshete

EGYPTIAN ARE SELFISH AND ETHIOPIA HAS FULL RIGHT TO USE ITS’ NATURAL RESOURCES AND FOR ETHIOPIA IT IS NATIONAL INTEREST AND NATIONAL SECURITY TO USE THE NILE RIVER.

02/07/14 @ 23:59
Comment from: C'est moi senait [Visitor]
C'est moi senait

The only Word these ARABS PIGS understand is the words of TRUE ETHIOPIANS who stands for Ethiopian no matter what. Our forefathers MINILIK, THODROS ETC. never died in vain. They were once a great Ethiopian who stands for their people and country. It Is hard to find such a great leaders these days, our nation is infested with parasites weyannes.

02/08/14 @ 03:54
Comment from: Anonymous [Visitor]
Anonymous

Again al jazera?

What is the difference between al jazera and BBC?

Don’t read it let alone to comment on it. This has nothing to do with these evils in the name of Journalism.

02/08/14 @ 05:18
Comment from: Alem [Visitor]
Alem

My Dear brother’s and sisters
May I ask, Where are those Ethiopian professionals?, Dr’s?, Professors?, Diasporas?, We have only one Ethiopia. We have only one country this is a time to defend our country than ever before. We can have differences in politics but no question when it comes to our beloved country and people. Ethiopia is under treat again and again by Egyptians. They are deliberately spreading false controversial rumour to the whole world. How come they try to nick our water in a day light? They even do not want to share! They only want to own the water to themselves? They want the water under their name? They are telling us to shut up no question the water is ours? If you want any drop of water ask Egypt first? How can we tolerate this?. We have to find a way to show to the whole world our solidarity. This is not 20th century we can not accept colonialism.
We are Ethiopians believe in share but not been fooled forever.

02/08/14 @ 07:42
Comment from: Ittu Aba Farda [Visitor]
5 stars
Ittu  Aba Farda

Air strike? Are you serious? Are Egypt’s pilots capable of finding a target at such a long distance and returning to their base intact? Even they are capable of carrying out such a feat, then they will end up losing the entire flow of the Blue Nile for ever. Who knows? The river will refuse to flow in its present course and may turn east ward. What are they going to do with Burundi when, enraged by Egypt’s messed up air strike, start plugging up the source on it’s soil? Everyone knows Egypt has F16’s or F-that warplanes. They look good on a centerfold. Don’t they? The current leaders in Cairo are desperately looking for a patsy outside their borders because they have serious problems internally. They always do that. It was the ‘Yahudi’ state of ‘Ezreel’ and ’satanic’ giant ‘Amreeka’ in the 50′ 60’s and 70’s. With all this 5,000 year history of civilization, they don’t even know how to pronounce the name of Israel and America correctly. Now it is a bunch of ‘niggers’ who they think they can beat the tar out of each and everyone of the. ‘I, Egypt, am the de facto master of you all ‘niggers’ and you better do exactly what I am telling you to do’. That is the order coming out of the ‘Big House’ yo’ll !!!!

Mind you that Egypt is sitting on immense source of aquifer and it surrounded with sea water on two sides. It should put it’s loafing engineers to work and start exploiting these reserves waiting to be tapped.

02/08/14 @ 13:24
Comment from: Gudu Kassa [Visitor]
Gudu Kassa

The author posts his college GPA on his linked In profile and he calls himself a professor. What a moron.

02/08/14 @ 19:44
Comment from: john john [Visitor]
john john

We care lass about the author but willing to defend and scarify for Abay unconditionally.

02/08/14 @ 21:04
Comment from: Workamaw [Visitor]
Workamaw

Cadre John, I could not find a word called ’sacrify’ in any dictionary. Can you tell us what you wanted to say, anyway?

02/09/14 @ 05:26
Comment from: To Visitor [Visitor]  
To Visitor

Gudu. Workamaw you are not a real Ethiopians, if you were u wouldn’t talk about how it is spelled or or say some body is short or tall. Her what all Ethiopians concerned is about the big picture- how to protect our country. You got it that should be the focus from now on… Othere that don’t wast your time correcting abcd that is irrelevant. If you are against Ethiopian then you guys can talk all kind of rubbish staff.

02/09/14 @ 15:30
Comment from: Belew [Visitor]
Belew

Senait
You said there are no true Ethiopians like tewodraos and minilik. Z usual non Ethiopians are according to u and other haters weyane I.e tigrians(although Eprdf is inclusive of all Ethiopians in reality)
If u we follow ur line of thought there is one emperor who defeated Egyptians Yohannes, and there is one party that initiated real construction on abay. We would have been better if we are fair to each other. Alas there is no word for fair in the Amharic language and thought.

02/09/14 @ 18:55
Comment from: ALI [Visitor]
ALI

THIS IS OUR TIME TO FACE THE THREAT OF OUR GENERATION,OUR FOREFATHERS DID FACE EM AND DEFEATED EM,EVERY GENERATION HAS ITS OWN HEROES…MENELIK-HAILESILASIE-ZENAWI AND MENGISTU

02/10/14 @ 12:34

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