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Egypt's revolution knocks Nile Basin doors

Today is the day: a popular Egyptian delegation is to arrive in Uganda, whose members are vocal about paving the road for a better relationship with Nile Basin countries

Dina Samak , Monday 4 Apr 2011
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Egypt will hold unofficial discussions with Uganda president on Nile water usage. The Egyptian delegation calls for refreshed coordination with the people of the African countries that share the Nile basin. The new delegation, according to its coordinator, Mostafa Gendy, of Al Wafd party, aims at a new start to overcome the prejudice of the former regime.

The popular Egyptian delegation includes three presidential candidates (Hisham El Bastawisy, Hamdeen Sabahy and Ayman Nour) in addition to a number of known political figures, including Osama Al Ghazaly Harb, the head of Al Gabha party, Alsayed Elbadawy the head of Al Wafd party, Hussein Ibrahim of the Muslim Brotherhood, Abdel Hakim Abdel Nasser the son of former president Gamal Abdel Nasser, and representatives of Revolution Youth Coalition.

"The problem with [Egypt’s relationship with] Africa has been the way the former president viewed the continent ever since the assassination attempt against him in Ethiopia in 1995," says Gendy.

Gendy continued "What the delegation is trying to do is build upon the sympathy that the African people showed towards our revolution and to work towards a new start."

"We will try to visit other Nile Basin countries, but we chose Uganda to start with because it had a serious problem with the ex-regime and we wanted to give a message that Egypt now is not represented by Mubarak, who did not bother to visit any African nation for the past 25 years. We wanted to show that the spirit of the 25 January revolution rules now," says Gendy, who is also a member of the African Parliament. Gendy considers having strong ties with Africa as one of the demands of the revolution.

The Uganda President Yoweri Museveni said earlier that the 25 January Revolution made Egypt regain its leadership position in the African continent and criticised the former regime as being a US puppet.

Uganda was one of the first upstream Nile Basin countries to sign the Entebbe Initiative in 2010 in defiance of Egypt and Sudan. However, Uganda is not the only Nile Basin country that Egypt will have to deal with in the coming few weeks.

Ethiopia, too, has announced plans to build a hydroelectric power dam along the Blue Nile River, which Egypt thinks will impact its share of the Nile water.

The Egyptian delegation arriving to Uganda today will stress the importance of a diplomatic solution to the Nile Basin crisis and will request the pause of any agreements until further discussions are held with the new Egyptian government.

Nabil El Arabi, Egypt's foreign minister, said that Egypt will be adopting new foreign policies following the revolution, especially with regard to the Nile Basin countries.

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Berhanu
03-05-2011 02:21pm
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I think the 85 % originating water of Nile country logically should had had the Vito power unlike the illogical old-fashioned Egyptians'. but, i do not mean that Ethiopia should have the only Vito power b/c i an new-fashioned and i believe in fairness. hence, all riparian countries have the legitimate to use their Nile water as they wished based on the being formed CFA (Cooperative Framework Agreement) of the counties.
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tsegie
21-04-2011 03:38pm
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what is brathern hood,gods gift to egypt mean/
is that becouse ethiopians are egypts brather that egypt send rebels with bomb why dont you share your oil if we are your brothers?if it nile was gods gift to egypt it would flow from,within egypt for som prisious thing you get from your neghbour you should be gratefull not hatefull!
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tsegie
21-04-2011 03:35pm
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what is brathern hood,gods gift to egypt mean/
is that becouse ethiopians are egypts brather that egypt send rebels with bomb why dont you share your oil if we are your brothers?if it nile was gods gift to egypt it would flow from,within egypt for som prisious thing you get from your neghbour you should be gratefull not hatefull!
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Ahmed
13-04-2011 10:09am
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we need to agree
I am worried that we all need this river of life desperately and we need to agree on how to use in a fair and cooperative way. but we are far from dat important agreement. so everybody going on its own way ...and dat seems scrambling and troublesome !!! may Allah bless all Africans!!!!
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07-04-2011 04:56am
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Why Africans share their water for free? As We Africans, buy gas and oil from Egypt, Egypt should buy water from us. It is not to harm Egypt, it is bout Africans benefiting from their natural resources. Nile river belongs to Africans. Why water is cheap in Egypt than Uganda? Why the owner of water pay more money to give Egyptians give Egyptians free water? Enough is enough. Egypt has to start pay Africans for our natural resources.
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Sami
06-04-2011 06:30am
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Dear Egyptian brothers, let’s be fair and reasonable. Let’s think as a modern and civilized society of the 21st century. Do not spoil the fairness of the Taherir square revolution of last January. Nile is a gift of GOD for Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan and.... the rest of the riparian countries. Sami
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Yohannes III
05-04-2011 05:47am
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The same horse different Jockey!
Egypt has changed her leader,but not her old mentality and way of doing business with Africa. Now They are trying to tell us it's the old regime fault./the fact of the mattter is most Egyptians still think NILE belongs to them, they are trying their old way of doing business which is bribing,bullying and dividing Africans.
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Ahmad
04-04-2011 09:57pm
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Ethiopiuan and egyptians should be brothers
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George
04-04-2011 05:48pm
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Egypt an abusing country
Oops! Egypt started its subtle abuse. I hope the Nile basin countries to aware of Egypt's entice now than cheating their generation to come. I hate this crafty approach of Egypt. Totally non-sense and "SELFISH". Egypt, listen, there is no child now whom you can cheat like the colonial era!
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Fair Ethiopian
04-04-2011 03:46pm
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It is well and good for Egypt to change her Nile foreign policy based on ‘don’t touch my Nile water’. Based on the 1959 agreement by colonial powers, even though Ethiopia and all the downstream countries were not part of the agreement . Nile belongs to us all, not for Egypt only. The sooner Egypt realizes this fact the better! The time for Ethiopia and our African brothers to be the playground for Egypt’s wild superiority complex is over. The time to share the Nile fairly has arrived.
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