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Ethiopian dam won't affect Nile water share: Egypt presidency

Egyptian presidency says Ethiopia's announcement to divert the passage of the Blue Nile for its dam project will not affect Egypt's share of Nile water negatively

Ahram Online, Tuesday 28 May 2013
Omar Amer
Egypt presidency spokesman Omar Amer (Photo: Official Facebook page for presidential spokesman)
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The Egyptian president’s office announced Tuesday that the ongoing construction work by the Ethiopian government to divert the course of the Blue Nile, one of the Nile River’s two major tributaries, as part of its project to build a new dam, will not affect Egypt's share of the Nile water negatively.

"Any architectural project on the Nile River requires diverting the course of the water passageways before starting construction. It will not affect Egypt's share of the Nile water," said presidential spokesman Omar Amer in a news conference Tuesday.

Ethiopia said on Monday it will begin on Tuesday diverting the course of the Blue Nile, as part of its project to build a new dam.

The Renaissance Dam, which is currently under construction, has been a source of concern for the Egyptian government. A report by a tripartite technical committee, which includes members from Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt, on the effects of the dam is expected in the next few days.

Egypt will need an additional 21 billion cubic metres of water per year by 2050, on top of its current quota of 55 billion metres, to meet the water needs of a projected population of 150 million people, according to Egypt's National Planning Institute.

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Million
29-06-2014 04:23am
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Abay - not Nile
What you call Nile, we call Abay! There is a joke that Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, the Sudan .. get; however, Eritrea, Egypt have yet to get. An integrated economy does not know borders. Ethiopia, along with its friends is integrating its economy. Egypt, far advance could have been leading in this role; both for her benefits and her less advanced neighbors. That would be the way to earn respect for its water needs. It is not too late, and it looks at the surface that Sisi gets this. Welcome Egypt, if you mean it. If you don't, your fate does not look so well in the distant future for Black Africa is on the rise! There is enough resource, be it water or anything else in Africa to attract the west and the east. Egypt needs to think out of the box - the ARAB box. Peace, Million - the Ethiopian.
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amelia lol
30-05-2013 07:12pm
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i am doing a research report on ethiopia and i need government issues are there any good news articles?
As I stated; I am doing a research report on ethiopia and i need government issues any good news articles on problems facing the government??
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Getachew G.
30-05-2013 01:38pm
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equally
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Zelalem
30-05-2013 12:21am
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grate
good job president mercy!!! god bless you
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MA
28-05-2013 09:34pm
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Oh well...
This river is the basis of providing water sustenance to millions of people. It has been Egypt's only source of water for hundreds of thousands of years. Entire civilizations began and perished on the basin of this Delta. It's a matter of national and cultural security to preserve Egypt's share of the Nile. If this dam is for providing hydroelectric power so be it. It's perfectly fair and rational, even when considering the notion of having a "kill-switch" over other countries' only source of fresh water. Nevertheless, it is interesting to note there are other methods of producing hydroelectricity than building dams. @No care Your lack of understanding of international relations, let alone morality, is baffling.
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Abiy
28-05-2013 05:58pm
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Avoid the zero sum mentality on both sides
@ No care I am an Ethiopian and my name is Abiy. I can summarize your mentality in one words. You are the kind of people we should avoid on both sides. We Ethiopian care and Hope Egyptian also care. It is against humanity to deprive the people of Egypt their human right to water. The good news is Egypt is trying to find and regain its lost influence in Africa and both administration seems to understand and trust each other. I call that win win approach.
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Gizat
28-05-2013 04:20pm
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No care
It affected or not blue Nile must be used for Ethiopians. It it the property of Ethiopia which is Ethiopia can used it whatever she need. If we can, we will stop Blue Nile all amount of water source. We don't need contribute even one cubic meters of water for Egypt. Through time we can do it
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Frogman
28-05-2013 10:11pm
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Frogman
Looks like someone's in denile. The water belongs to us all. Don't forget, reduce, reuse, recycle.
Tagesse
28-05-2013 06:32pm
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We need true alliance
The Nile is a big river which can feed Ethiopia and the low riparian countries if it is utilised appropriatelly and equally.However the Egyptian mind set is not to touch the nile.
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