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Ethiopia postpones signing Nile Basin agreement; Egypt welcomes decision

Egypt welcomes Ethiopian decision to postpone Nile Basin agreement

Ahram Online, Tuesday 3 May 2011
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Ethiopian prime minister Melis Zenawi announced that his country will postpone signing the Nile basin agreement until Egypt elects a new parliament and president. Zenawi also agreed to forming a committee of Ethiopian, Egyptian and Sudanese experts to look into the Millennium Dam project.  

Zenawi expressed his belief that the dam will be of good to Ethiopia and its neighboring countries. However,  in consideration of the Egyptian people’s concerns and in admiration of their revolution, Ethiopia will wait until Egypt elects its new government before forming an experts committee that will examine the project further and study any potential harms. Zenwai said that although he believes the dam will not be of any harm to Egypt and other neighboring countries, he will wait until the project is further examined by a committee also representing Egypt and Sudan.

Zenawi’s decision came during an Egyptian delegation’s visit to Ethiopia. The decision only expressed the position of Ethiopia, Zenawi said, and added that other countries involved in the Nile Basin Agreement should consider taking a similar stand.

 

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Africa
17-05-2012 08:36am
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No more freebies
Africa cannot afford anymore to have 80 million fat egyptians living in the desert using africa's water........
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sadikh
23-03-2012 05:02pm
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Our enemies are not arab
my comment is focused on the unjusted view of brother named 'habesha'. Our enemies are not Arabs. almost all the past treaties are done by European colonialists either in behalf of our country or forcing and cheating of our country not by Arab countries even though they are the first beneficial. if you look all the treaties of 1901,1902,1906, 1925,1929 and others you will get the true.
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Habesh
09-05-2011 10:36pm
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We are watching you arabs
All Arab tricks and tactics cannot win against Ethiopia. Any plots or delay tactics you have against Ethiopia will be met swiftly by diversion of the Nile. You better not try anything funny this is a warning.
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Mohsen
07-05-2011 11:50am
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Nile basin & Ethiopian dam
Gragn, you seem not to be an ethiopian muslim . No ethiopian what ever is his religion or tribal difference had to be happy to stop daam construction. You sppeek about muslims being operessed while the turth is far what you are screaming . First of all , Muslims were operessed in the old rigims before the fall of the emperor . It is at this rigim muslims right is fully respected equally with their christian brothers. Ethiopia is Habasha not an arab and will never need to be an arab league memeber . Ethiopians are proud of their Habashaness and do accept a second identity . Egypt do not have the right to interfere in to any ethiopian issue or force ethiopia at any point even at building the dam . Ethiopia will not build to harm Egypt but to utilise its right in water resource it had for development of the country . Egyptians has come to understand this as seen recently. Please stop your provocative crying as both Ethiopians and Egyptians will not hear you . Read about Ethiopian history
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Kebede
04-05-2011 10:31am
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We believe on win win Nile water solution rather than water quota
We Ethiopians are happy by 48-member Egyptian delegation visiting Ethiopia and supporting a Nile win win solution which a 6 Africa Nile countries agreed in Entebbe and oppose a 1929 pact, Egypt is entitled to 55.5 billion cubic metres a year of the Nile's flow of around 84 billion cubic meters. Thas why Ethiopia PM offered to suspend its participation in a Nile Water Share agreement recently signed and to allow Egypt enough time to recover from the recent political crisis and because of this more relaxed relations between the two countries, Ethiopian Foreign minister Hailemariam Desalegn reversed a previous decision to impede an Egyptian delegation to visit the site of the project. But the minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Hussein El-Atfy miss guided the Egyptian peoples by suggest “Egypt is concerned not to refuse any project that is in the benefit of Ethiopian and the other Nile Basin countries as long as such projects do not negatively affect its water quota”. What does he
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tommy
04-05-2011 09:30am
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Gragn Ahmed
Gragne Ahmed, do you want to repeat defeat history of your ancestors You are nothing other than damn garbage of history. In Ethiopia every citizen lives in peace and harmony, every one is free to Believe on what he wishes no one does oppress the other. You have to remember Ethiopia is a land who accepts the Sahaba In broad hand and gave them refuge. Read your book may be you are blind to understand and believe in history The Dam is going to be build no matter to the announcement of the Prime Minister to postpone the signing the Nile basin agreement. God Bless Ethiopia
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Mehamood
04-05-2011 08:53am
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Good News But Ethiopia isnot afraid of "E gyptian" or other treat
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Wenebz
03-05-2011 05:34pm
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Ethiopia-Egypt-Nile
I am glad that Ethiopia continues with goodwill toward Nile Basin. I as an Ethiopian don't want Egypt to starve and I do understand that sensitivities involved. However, I do know that Ethiopia has legitimate legal and moral rights to water - and that the Nile Basin should be looked at as a regional resource, so that the scarce water can be effectively utilized. Meanwhile, I encourage Egyptians to start also incorporating the tremendous ground water resources that it has into the "regional" equation - much like Libya is doing.
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Kegn Kersitian
03-05-2011 05:17pm
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Kegn Kersitian
What the hell r u talking about? Ethiopia part of Arab League? Mad dog r u?
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Gragn Ahmed
03-05-2011 03:10pm
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Ethiopian muslims oppressed
it is good sign that Meles stopped his nightmarish dam which will cost him dearly. Even after dam is built, ethiopia will need to protect it using antiairial invasion from Egypt. Recently, Israel donated UAC, DRONES. the dam is useless if Egypt is not part of it. We need a trio of Sudan Egypt and Ethiopia like good trade relations to prevent war. The current coptic Ethiopian leaders have oppressed Ethiopian muslims and are against close ties with Egypt. It is sad Egypt delegation did not raise muslim problems and never met the majlis where they the egyptians are treated with respect. Sad. Now, Egypt should push for Arab league membership of Ethiopia. Give special status to ethiopian muslims and give them economic help. Strong Ethiopian muslim Ethiopia is hope for water short Arab neighbors. Please make it a priority to put muslims of Ethiopia in power.
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