Sudan and Egypt clash over Ethiopia's Nile dam

Published: Jun 7, 2013 Filed under: Ethiopian News Politics Views: 8,763
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A rare disagreement has occurred between Sudan and Egypt over the possible impact of an Ethiopia dam on the downstream Nile basin countries.

The controversial Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) could see the course of the Blue Nile tampered with and Egypt has warned it would spare no effort to guarantee its share of the water.

But Sudan is warning of a possible water war between the Nile Basin countries because of Egypt’s ‘provocative' stance. Sudanese government spokesman Ahmed Bilal has asked Egypt to stop what he called provocations after an Egyptian opposition leader described Khartoum's stand on in the issue as disgusting. An Egyptian opposition leader, Mr Ayman Nour, publicly described the Sudanese stand on the Nile as disgusting.

Meanwhile, the US has asked the three countries to resolve the problem amicably through dialogue.

Mr Bilal demanded, at a press conference in Khartoum on Wednesday, that Cairo works with Sudan to safeguard Egypt’s interests instead of resorting to provocations. He added that Sudan would get many benefits from the dam, including better supply of electricity and year-long regulation of the Blue Nile’s flow.

Egypt has warned that all options were open to protect its share of the Nile waters. "We cannot let even one drop of Nile water be affected," President Mohammed Morsy said during talks with political and religious leaders broadcast live on state television on Tuesday.

President Morsy also wrote on his official Twitter account: "It is necessary that we take steps to ensure Egyptian water security." "The current situation necessitates unity among our ranks to prevent any threat against Egypt," added President Morsy.

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Egyptian Cabinet also met and issued a statement saying it opposed all projects that could affect the flow of the Nile. Egypt said it had planned "several scenarios" depending on the outcome of an assessment to be conducted by the three governments. In Khartoum, the Foreign ministry said Sudan would not be affected by the project, stressing in a statement that there were agreements and consultations between Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia.

"Sudan respects the agreements to cooperate with those two countries (Egypt and Ethiopia) in matters that concern sharing the waters of the Nile and sharing mutual revenues," the ministry said.

Egypt believes its "historic rights" to the Nile are guaranteed by two treaties of 1929 and 1959, which give it 87 per cent of the Nile's flow as well as veto power over upstream projects.

But a new deal signed in 2010 by upstream Nile Basin countries, including Ethiopia, allows them to work on river projects without Cairo's prior agreement.The agreement signed in Uganda has endorsed new water sharing between the Nile basin’s 11 countries.

Ethiopia has begun diverting the Blue Nile 500 metres from its natural course to construct a $4.2 billion (3.2 billion euro) the GERD hydroelectric project.The first phase is expected to be complete in three years, with a capacity of 700 megawatts.

Once complete, the dam will have a capacity of 6,000 megawatts.The project, in Ethiopia's northwestern Benishangul-Gumuz region near the border with Sudan, was launched in April 2011 by Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

The Blue Nile joins the White Nile in Khartoum to form the mighty Nile River, which flows through Sudan and Egypt before emptying into the Mediterranean.


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    2 years, 2 months ago

  2. RT
    2 years, 2 months ago

    Message for Ethiopian Government! “No reason to justify, telling sick Egypt/Arabs.. “We are not going to use Nile River except for DAM. No way… we have 100% right to use Nile River for any reason, as long as we can benefit from it!!!!!!!! Agricultural/ irrigation and among other necessities… not just DAM!!!!!! Hello hello.. We are sick and tired of been called one of the poorest country in the world is “Ethiopia”!!! Yet, we let ***ed up Egypt use our Nile yet we did not get and appreciation… Ethio. Gov... Think again!!!
  3. RT
    2 years, 2 months ago

    Mainly Christian Ethiopia and Muslim Arab Egypt share a long history of suspicion and friction, including over the Nile. Very true... Arab... terrorist.. can not be trusted!!!!!!! we are not going just build DAM! we will have advanced agricultural/irrigation system in the world!!! shity ass terrorist!!!!!!!!!!! we will destroy you, we will contaminate Nile River!!!! Death to terrorist Egypt!!
  4. RT
    2 years, 2 months ago

    UK could play an important role in the issue as the Nile water-sharing agreements were signed during the era of British occupation. UK.. UK.. why not give your resource and water to Egypt.. why did you give up our beloved Ethopian Blue Nile river to Egypt 1929!!! the answer is you do not give a shit about Ethopia and other african countries.. KKK... come on we will make sure to destroy your ass!!!
  5. RT
    2 years, 2 months ago

    Ethiopia: One of the world's fastest growing economies, not just Africa! I have no question in my mind, Egypt is intimidated, for the fact that, since our beloved late brotherMelse became a leader of Ethopia, he work so hard with short period of time and able to accomplished a lot for Ethopia!Our brother Melse started DAM project for us, we have to finished the project!!!nothing stop us!!!
  6. RT
    2 years, 2 months ago

    Egypt’s foreign minister, vowing not to give up “a single drop of water from the Nile”,this *** bastard, did he forget ABAY (BLUE NILE RIVER) BELONG TO ETHOPIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!GREEDY ASS!!!!! LET US DISTROY EGYPT BY CONTAMINATING THE NILE WATER... LET THEM GO TO HELL... SINCE THEY ARE NOT RESPECTING ETHOPIAN PEOPLE!!!!!!
  7. KKKK
    2 years, 2 months ago

  8. Ephrem Lakew
    Ephrem Lakew
    2 years, 2 months ago

    I believe they know that the Nile water 85% from my country, better being wise, there is no turning back, this nation is a Icon of Freedom for Africa renascence and never colonized, peace, peace, peace.. is the only option especially for Our Frd Egyptian, Do not try to mess with the African great Country, Cooperation in the mere choice, GERD will stop for a brief moment, otherwise..........
  9. Long Live Ethio
    Long Live Ethio
    2 years, 2 months ago

    eyes of more than 80 million people on nile....n of course no one has a right to dictate Ethiopia to do this or that...its our exclusive right to develop our resources like they did to build thier dam centuries ago....infact nile will not harm a single individual....
  10. RT
    2 years, 2 months ago

    "Nuru" YOU TYPED THE FOLLOWING, WHEN YOU CRITICIZED, HOW WE WRITE ENGLISH ..LOL .. Just because you can write the english letters......PLEASE CORRECT YOUR ***ED UP ENGLISH ...YOU SUPPOSE TO TYPE "just because you can write English letter " NOT" the english letters... THE OUT .... well how about that!! who are *** now.. *** bitch!!! just go away!!!
  11. RT
    2 years, 2 months ago

    "Nuru" Just to let you know, on behalf of My Ethopian people, they do not have to spell or speak English correctly ! English is not a type of language we are proude of.. you are communicating with borrowed language "WE HAVE ANCIENT LANGUAGE AND ALPHABET WE ARE SO PROUD OF!!!!!! SO SHUT THE *** UP!!!!!
  12. RT
    2 years, 2 months ago

    We Ethopian, need to contaminate Blue Nile..llet all greedy ASS...Egypt people die and go to helllllllllllllllllllll.still have our DAM!!! No reason for Ethopian deal with *** Egyptian people!!!End of story!!!!!
  13. RT
    2 years, 2 months ago

    Sudan's Bashir supports Ethiopia's Nile dam project! Sudan's stood by Ethopian DAM project, because they know we Africans have to help each other! YET sell out Egypt Niggers, who have been slaved by British..(colonized) do not want to share our Ethopian GOD given water!!! It is our water.. we have to take controle 100% since Egypt do not have respect for Ethopia advancment!!!!!
  14. Tekalign
    2 years, 2 months ago

    Ethiopia is offering a good opportunity for both Sudan and Egypt. Sudan is very wise they support the dam b/c they know how much they benefits .Egypt please use this opportune moment (the Grand Renaissance Dam)........unless otherwise the worst will come not forget we can use Abay (the lion share of Nile)for irrigation...irrigation.
  15. Long live Ethiopia
    Long live Ethiopia
    2 years, 2 months ago

    I dont think so increasing military budget . For that matter we Ethiopian's know what to do. But until the last point we can tolorate for the sake of the responsibility we have in pan Africanism and etc...It doesn't mean that our Reneasance dam project will delay for the while. As for the legendary development project in the continent.
  16. Abera Girma
    Abera Girma
    2 years, 2 months ago

    What Egyptian missed is, Ethiopia has the right to use its resource (87%) of the Nile River is the Ethiopian. If Egypt thought as Ethiopia should not use the water of Blue Nile (Abay), it is abusing the sovereignty of Ethiopia. No Ethiopian will accept this. Egypt should understand that WE ARE ETHIOPIAN, the country of sovereignty. There is no need to harm the People of Egypt.
  17. TRUTH
    2 years, 2 months ago

    We need to pray to God that Egypt's president Morsi and politicians would come to see the TRUTH!!! God's willing, the Renaissance dam will be completed which will be restore hope and better living condition to millions in Ethiopia.
  18. Nuru
    2 years, 2 months ago

    PLEASE!, People, when you write your mind on the page try to correct your spellings so we can read it as well as understand it too. Just because you can write the english letters, it does not mean it makes sense when one tries to read your positive thoughts. This is just a positive and constructive advice. Be clear on your ideas as well as your spellings of your "literature". Please.
  19. Habshaw
    2 years, 2 months ago

    Please U Egyptian officials, "THINK AS AN INTELLECTUAL". This is 21st century, no country can declare war on one sovereign country. We have more than 3000 years of history without being colonized. We do not afraid of no one, U should know it. We have the capacity to defeat u, but Ethiopians need peace and stability in Africa
  20. abdurahman9
    2 years, 2 months ago

    Egyptian should rather cooperate as Ethiopia is able to change her history by establishing good governance that pave no way for Egyptian conspiracy through religion or ethnic conflict as in previous times.
    The possibility of constructing dams and using the water as necessary is already sensitized through out the nations and it is zero sum to incite conflict with the hero Ethiopian.
  21. Ras Teferi
    Ras Teferi
    2 years, 2 months ago

    Realy amasing thinking that must not been uttered during z time that all Africans discusing to establish z strongest UNITED AFRICA.This shows that our leaders are going back 50 years since there is no sign of intelgence improvment in thinkink nation wide.omg pleas remember our fathers Emperor H/silasie, kuami nukurma & etc who were fighting to throw down war and colonialism .And bieng in z 21st century no body dreams of war w/c had left black image to all Africans home especially to us Ethiopian, so Egypt we dont want war ,unless we r stand by !!!
  22. H/mariam
    2 years, 2 months ago

    What talks about the EGMD We do as We start...
  23. Proud Ethiopian
    Proud Ethiopian
    2 years, 2 months ago

    I think its time for the so called Egyptian politician to take their anti anxiety and anti war medications. They should know that they are dealing with Ethiopians. I guess they still think they can get away with the war games, but history will repeat its self. My recommendation to the Egyptian is to think in another way of water sources like desalination plants from the Red Sea or other sources.
  24. Asrat
    2 years, 2 months ago

    P/s try to grow up we are living in the 21st century you still want to carry on the same as like before, dialog is the best option.
  25. Mikey
    2 years, 2 months ago

    I hope the Ethiopian defense force are armed with good antiaircraft missiles
    We cannot sleep any more we have to fight for our resource and develop our country
    Enough is enough for backwardness and laziness
  26. Addis
    2 years, 2 months ago

    Mr Morsi should be reminded that the world has moved on since 1959. Africans are paving the way to start an era of economic cooperation based on equality not on veto power. Having a big army with a mass of weapons does not equal winning a war. Hot headed politics doesn't benefit the people of Egypt. Ethiopia has been able to defend itself for more than 3000 years by defeating different aggressors including Egyptians.

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