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Ethiopia hasn’t complained to UN over dam comments: Morsi spokesperson

Presidential spokesperson denies reports that Ethiopia has complained to UN over controversial comments made at dam meeting

Ahram Online, Wednesday 5 Jun 2013
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An Egyptian presidential spokesperson has denied reports that Ethiopia has filed a complaint with the UN Security Council over comments made at President Morsi's meeting on Ethiopia's Renaissance Dam.

The meeting, which was broadcast live without the knowledge of some attendees, came under fire for featuring indiscreet, off-the-record statements.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said his country would file a complaint about the meeting with the UN.

"No official move, however, has been taken," spokesperson Omar Amer said on Tuesday in televised comments.

Among the controversial comments were that Egypt could indirectly threaten military action against Ethiopia, while another proposed "destroying" the dam.

Amer stressed that President Morsi had concluded the meeting by highlighting Egypt's respect for both Ethiopia and Sudan.

Some participants expressed displeasure and surprise that the meeting had been televised live, but others had known about the situation, Amer stated.

Amer reiterated the presidency's apology for not informing all participants about the live broadcast, stressing it was a mistake.

"It was initially planned that the meeting would be recorded and aired the following day as is usually the case, but due to the importance of the topic it was decided at the last minute to air the meeting live," presidential aide for political affairs, Pakinam El-Sharqawy, said via Facebook on Monday. "I forgot to inform attendees of the changes."

On 28 May, Ethiopia began diverting the course of the Blue Nile, one of the Nile River’s two major tributaries, as part of its project to build a new $4.7 billion hydroelectric dam. The move has heightened concerns in Egypt and Sudan, both dependent on the world's longest river for water.

Ethiopian officials have attempted to dispel fears about the dam's potential impact on downstream states, insisting the project will ultimately benefit all riparian states.

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Semalign
11-06-2013 06:33pm
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Not expected from Egypt.
Egypt needs water for its citizens. We need it as well.So why not use it in a Win - Win manner ? Egyptian...come and Lets build the Dam together and share the benefit. We have other rivers as well but not apt to Hydropower. You can come build irrigation schemes on other rivers,....so many fields to cooprate. Why do you worry much in 21st century when the Globe is Our Village? Please we are like villagers.
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mohamed
05-06-2013 05:53pm
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wake up!
These politicians seems to live in the dark ages. Twenty first century politics is based on cooperation and dialogue not aggression. Do not push Ethiopia to the edge of refusing to cooperate with you. The time is now to work together. You might as well benefit from the fruits the project.
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Ketema
05-06-2013 03:09pm
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Ethiopia is prepared!
The real fact is that Ethiopia contributes 86% of Nile water and 95% of the fertile soil. Egyptians never consulted Ethiopia when they decided to take the whole of Nile in their 1959 bilateral agreement with the then fragile Sudan. Ethiopia is not consulted when Sadat promised water for Israel, Mubarak for the Saudis. No Consultation when the Toshka canal, El Salam canal, Aswan High dam, etc. launched. How irrational and contemptuous Egypt's dictators are! But, we Ethiopians are very rational and allowed a review by a panel of experts on a hydropower project. This is for a good gesture. Still they do not understand. Any temporal negative impact can be mitigated if there is rationality. But, the military bravado will work against innocent Egyptians whom I adore very much. Ethiopia reserves the right to use its water resources. Naive Egyptian politicians may shout in whatever way they like. But nothing changes in the ground. Ethiopia is prepared in every aspect for any eventuality.
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Belay Zeleke Kebede
05-06-2013 01:05pm
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Ethiopian Renaissance Dam
I do not think what has been proposed by some Egyptian politician, to take military action or any other action that would disrupt the long standing relationship between the two nations,(Egypt &Ethiopia) would eventually bear fruit. In fact military option or any other sabotage would complicate the situation and Ethiopia would take very stringent action that would put Egypt to a very grave and difficult situation to control the Nile water unless it colonizes Ethiopia and this is absolutely impossible. Therefore, the best feasible option convenient for all countries must be the win-win situation.
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michael
05-06-2013 01:00pm
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Egypt politicians please open your eyes
I am afraid some of Egypt politicians are lagging behind 21st century. They still think ‘might is right’. But they should know that, the issue of Great Renascence Dam is not only the issue of Ethiopian political leaders. Rather it is the issue of 90 million Ethiopians. We are starved for many decades while Nile is crossing our border carrying our fertile soil. Our cities are half dark while we have a potential to generate huge megawatts. We have sufficient pain of poverty and we don’t want any nations to face similar problems. Rather, we are very willing to work with other African friends for mutual benefits i.e. win-win. To this point we are patient enough, to give you sufficient time to understand our interest towards the dam. Now we understand that you are against the interest of Ethiopian people. So, try whatever you want if you can bear the consequence.
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meysaw!
05-06-2013 12:56pm
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ETIOPAI HAVE THE RIGHT TO USE THE WATER ACCORDING TO THE INTERNATIONAL RULLS AND REGULATIONS
Why some Egyptians political leaders left the report of the team and trying to make exploration about the effect of the dam in their meeting hall? i think they assume that ETHIOPIA will not have power to use her international rights that specify how border crossing rivers govern by the international rules. I want to mention to these attendees hat my country ETHIOPIA will never have respect for the article that signed during colonialism .Remember the battle of ADWA that is the bright HISTORY of BLACK AFRICANS.If the Egyptians some poetical leaders try to move against of the international rules for border crossing rivers,we ETHIOPIANS never afraid to fight for our motherland & for the next generation freedom .
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Tsigie
05-06-2013 12:39pm
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We are not worried with what the unwise leaders are messing up with.
"I am not worried that the Egyptians will suddenly invade Ethiopia. Nobody who has tried that has lived to tell the story. I don't think the Egyptians will be any different and I think they know that." The late Meles Zenawi who was disgruntled with noises in Egypt concerning the Renaissance Dam told Reuters in an interview in November 2010.
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Kalkidan
05-06-2013 05:13pm
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Why to complain: we keep CALM and BUILD the DAM!!!
The actions by the Egyptian politicians is disgusting. And I feel shame for the people of Egypt for having such a low scale politicians. But all the messages are well taken care of, though we all know what Egyptians have been doing behind doors against Ethiopia for many decades. But now, you even expect complains from Ethiopia for your utter arrogance. Ethiopia believed every solution comes from within, no expectations from UN or what so ever. Ethiopia will ACT not complain when these shameful politicians cross the red line. Until that, for Ethiopians, the slogan is : KEEP CALM and BUILD THE DAM.
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