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Bashir says Ethiopian Renaissance Dam 'has become a reality’

Ahram Online , Sunday 6 Dec 2015
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Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir during a news conference in Cairo October 19, 2014 (Reuters)
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Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir said that the Ethiopian Renaissance dam has become a reality and that it requires the cooperation of all parties to "ensure its success".

In an interview conducted on Al-Arabiya News Channel Saturday, the Sudanese president also commented on the Halayeb Triangle issue.

The Halayeb Triangle, which constitutes 20,500 square kilometres of land on the Red Sea coast along the Egypt-Sudan border, has been under de facto Egyptian administration since the mid-1990’s.

Al-Bashir claimed that the Triangle has always been part of Sudanese territory.

Egypt insists that Halayeb triangle has always been part of its political boundaries set by an Anglo-Egyptian Condominium in 1899 that defines the Egyptian northern boarders as the 22nd parallel north. 

"Since the Anglo-Egyptian Condominium until our independence, the Triangle of Halayeb remained part of Sudan...but in 1995 Egyptian forces occupied the triangle," says Al-Bashir.

He criticised the Egyptian media for focusing heavily on the Triangle during Egypt's parliamentary elections, a matter that stirred controversy among the Sudanese people.

Triangle of Halayeb is one of the new electoral constituencies in this year's elections. Before this year's elections, Halayeb triangle was part of the North Red Sea constituency. 

"We have since (1995) raised the issue with the UN security council," says Al-Bashir.

Speaking about the Renaissance Dam, Al-Bashir believes that tension started under the rule of former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

Egypt has repeatedly expressed concerns that its share of Nile water could be compromised by Ethiopia's dam project.

"Some Egyptian officials under the rule of Morsi who were non-Islamists appeared on air directly threatening Ethiopia, claiming that they would support the opposition and launch military operations targeting the dam itself," Al-Bashir explained.

He then added that a clear stance of understanding, mutual trust, and cooperation between all three countries (Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan) was needed.

Tension between Sudan and Egypt increased when demonstrators in Sudan protested late November the arrest, torture, and killing of Sudanese nationals in Egypt over the past few weeks. 

In mid-November, at least 15 Sudanese migrants trying to cross through Egypt into Israel were found shot dead at the border. Security officials claimed that the migrants were caught in an exchange of fire between security forces and smugglers, AP reported. 

Also in late November, the Sudanese Embassy in Cairo accused Egyptian authorities of unlawfully detaining and beating 16 Sudanese citizens in the past six weeks.

In an attempt to contain the tensions, the Egyptian foreign ministry has met several times with top Sudanese official to stress that there is "no discrimination whatsoever towards Sudanese citizens."

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Steven Bloomet
07-12-2015 09:29am
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Let the world know
Egypt must respect the territorial integrity of the Sudan. The Halayab area has always been Sudanese territory and must remain so. Egypt should stop meddling in Sudanese political affairs, stop implanting divisive political cleavage among the Sudanese Society. For how long would successive Egyptian political leaders work to wards weakening the Sudan? . A prosperous and stable Sudan is not a threat to Egypt. The only thing the Sudanese are asking is for Egypt to honor it water usage agreement it signed with the Sudan. The Sudan needs its equitable share of the water resources of the Nile waters. As a pretext for invasion, Egypt is occupying the Halayab area of Sudan for the last 19 years. Egypt must stop taking advantage of the political unrest in the Sudan. Mind you, it was Egypt that knived behind the Sudanese back during the split of North and South Sudan. Sudan has learned its lessons. International law and Sudanese territorial integrity must be respected. let the world know.
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SISAY
07-12-2015 07:18am
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SELFISH EGYPT
EGYPT WANTS EVERYTHING AFRICAN OWNS THEY TOOK HALAYEB TRIANGLE THE MOST FERTILE LAND FROM SUDAN BECAUSE WE ARE BLACK ..WHEN IT COME TO THE NILE (RENAISSANCE) DAM AND THE PLAY RELIGION BROTHER HOOD ON SUDAN ...THE SUDANESE SHOULD STOP BEING FOOL.
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Teshe
06-12-2015 09:30pm
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Bashir says Ethiopian Renaissance Dam 'has become a reality andthat it requires the cooperation of all parties to "ensure its success". Well done Your Excl. Mr. President. From Ethiopian side it has been a reality on the ground, since the laying of the foundation by late Prime Minister Meles(RIP). Our Egyptian brothers have yet to learn many things form ethiopians. As an Ethiopian, i would just love to advice you not to mention those old colonial agreements 1929 and 1959, which ethiopians did not sign. In fact whenever you rrefer to those agreements even the gov. of ethiopia feels irritated and makes them harder in negotiation. Egyptians need to set up their mind to the current world reality. Otherwise, you will remain behind. Best wishes for the sons and doughters of Nile Basin countries.
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Ketema
06-12-2015 09:23pm
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Ethiopia should ignore Egypt
The only people against Ethiopian dam are Egyptians, their selfishness and sense of entitlement is appalling. If Ethiopia wanted to harm Egypt, all they have to do is move a million of its farmers along the 800 stretch of Nile from Lake Tana to the border with Sudan and support them get into irrigation agriculture over 2 million hectors of land a long the bank, that would provide food security for its people. Instead, Ethiopia forgoes this and want instead to produce electricity, and Egypt provide obstructions preventing Ethiopia getting international financing. Sooner or later, your bad will will hurt you.
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Lion of Judah
16-12-2015 05:17pm
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Egypte will pay if........
If Egypte does somethigh stupid as to harm the dam physically, one of the responses Ethiopia has is to open up large irrigation projects along the banks of the Nile. Morgazi knows that
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Aly Sadek - Toronto-Canada
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Egypt...
.. ONE OF THE REMAINING LUNATICS...CLOWNING IN THE ARAB SPRING CIRCUS, ENTERTAINING THE WHOLE WORLD, WHO ARE WATCHING... THEN VOMITING..
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