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Egypt could be harmed by Ethiopian dam: Irrigation ministry

Egyptian irrigation ministry official warns that the dam could collapse through faulty design

Ahram Online, MENA, Wednesday 12 Jun 2013
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Sherif Mohamady, representative of Egypt's irrigation minister, stated that scientific studies have proven that there may be problems in the future for Egypt if the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, currently under construction on the Blue Nile in Ethiopia, be completed.

"This is because there are huge problems in its design, since the Ethiopians' technical approach is very weak," he said on Wednesday, according to state news agency MENA, warning that one consequence could be the collapse of the dam.

Egypt has been locked in a dispute with Ethiopia in recent weeks over the latter’s construction of a dam on the Blue Nile to generate electricity. Many Egyptian politicians have cited concerns that the new dam could interfere with the volume of Nile water that reaches Egypt.

Mohamady also said that Egypt had not received a report on the dam’s safety measures..

"In case of its collapse, there will be lots of negative consequences for both Egypt and Sudan," the minister’s representative added at a symposium organised by the Egyptian-European Council to discuss the dam deadlock.

Political analyst and former regime figure Mostafa El-Fiki said that he believed that Egypt should “go to the Ethiopians and agree on a win-win situation for building the Ethiopian renaissance dam because international law will not back us."

"This is because the international community supports Ethiopia’s stance," he added. "Egypt should let go of its condescending policies in dealing with Africans, especially Ethiopians, and try to contain the situation," El-Fiki said.

Egyptian businessman Mohamed Abu El-Enein, the head of the Egyptian-European Council, said there was a danger that the international community would support Ethiopia and not Egypt.

“At the time of the Nile agreement in 1959, Egypt’s population was 20 million, and our share was 55.5 billion cubic metres of water. Today, we are around 90 million and our share has not changed,” he added.

Former prime minister Ali Lotfi commented that “Egyptians do not rationalise water consumption, whether on the level of irrigation or individual usage.”

Earlier on Monday, a UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) spokesperson refused to confirm whether the UK was ready to mediate between Egypt and Ethiopia on the building of the controversial dam.

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bere
03-12-2013 05:11pm
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the epected
i believe that both countries have lots of cltures and beliefs they ommpnly share but most eyptians media unerestimate ethiopians in my view this is not true cause we gonna make it real and true.
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abera etana
14-06-2013 11:36am
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we are strong
am so sorry about you underestimating the Ethiopians technical approach to make sure that the dame will be safe , but you have to know that Ethiopia is a country who can make it true .
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Tsegaye Mebrahtu
13-06-2013 08:16am
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Control your population
Egypt must work on reducing its population growth rate since they may not have means to sustain it. This is the solution. It's not for Egypt to ask more of the water because they are exploding and that of Ethiopian and other black Africans life is inferior to Egyptians. Is this the bottom line of your mentality?
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Addis
13-06-2013 06:35am
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on Sherief coment
Dear Enginer,Don't wory about the design! It is 100 % moderen & well designed than your aswan dam. our experts have a great job!
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Keshte
13-06-2013 02:47am
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God Bless Ethiopia
Mr. Minster, you tried to tell your ugly joke that the dam will collapse because of design. I cannot expect any thing better than this from people like you who declared war on soverign state which is trying to take out its people from poverty. Go and tell you ugly to a two year old. The GERD will be a reality and in the near future and will take out millions of Ethiopians from darkness. Widen you narrow thinking and co-operate with Ethiopia. God Bless my beloved contry, Ethiopia
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netsanet
12-06-2013 11:24pm
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dam constraction
Are magical or did you sabotaged to the collaps of the dam.please think wisely.It is well designed and done well dam.what do you mean when the number of your population increases what about the population of other line basin countries.This is a 21st century not that of the 20th where colonialism dominated you.Do you know ethipia is a serious country when things come against its souvernity.you know it.better to rethink like modern man and leader.try to stablize your internal politics than of empty dreaming.
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