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Egypt defence minister rules out force to solve water crisis
Defence Minister Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi dismisses notion of using military force as means of resolving longstanding dispute over Egypt's share of Nile water
Ahram Online, Saturday 11 May 2013
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Minister of Defence Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (Photo: Ahram Online archive)

Minister of Defence Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi stressed Saturday his refusal to resort to military force in order to solve an ongoing saga over Egypt's share of the Nile water.

"We want to live and they [Ethiopians] want to live, so we have to find a peaceful solution for this file which was abandoned for so long [during the reign of former President Hosni Mubarak]," El-Sisi said while at a military base in Dahshour, Giza governorate.

Fears over probable shortages of potable water in Egypt rose after a technical report on the impact of a new Ethiopian mega dam had revealed possible concerns of potential negative influence on Egypt’s share of the Nile Water.

The report, according to a government official, is not suggesting that the 'Renaissance Dam' will drive Egypt into "water starvation but it is certainly saying that certain measures have to be followed to make sure that Ethiopia gets the water necessary for storage in the dam in line with Egypt’s consent and needs."





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sisay
17-06-2013 11:15am
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This is Wise!
I think this is so wise saying and it is wonderful response at this very stage. I belive also that no one on Earth will think and act to make Egyptians to lose water even for a single day. Hence, leaders let you stick to peaceful ways. The God of peace will be with you, I pray! Sisay
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Ahmed
13-06-2013 05:44pm
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Historical right
If you think you still keep the historic right of yours on the Nile so Ethiopian Government don't need to talk with any of these people called Egyptian , because they don't exist yet , Ethiopian should deal the issue with the colonial country which is great Britain, slavery was abolished years ago, So try to put yourself in the 21first Century.And we Ethiopians are peaceful people , but if you want war with us.....we both are , over 80 million , the biggest military holders in Africa , American allies,........We will not attack you , brothers, but we will defend you , when you come to attack us. You better talk to Italian before you start , THOUGH. God Bless Ethiopia. Mr MORSI , MURSI....OR WHATEVER YOU CALLED , Please don't put our EGYPTIAN , brothers and sisters on the wrong direction for your own internal problem cover. Be wise morsi....It will make you the most wise Egyptian leader ever if you think about the positive impact and the real mutual benefit of the NILE and guide your people on the right track!
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Hailu Balcha
13-06-2013 01:20pm
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Egypt should support opposition Groups
Egypt should support opposition groups such as TPDM, Ginbot 7 OLF, ONLF and so on.........The minority ruling party in Ethiopia are from a small province called Tigray.....We ethiopians didnt support the building of the dam...The ruling party is using the dam for the benefit of their province called TIGRAY.....Egyptians must know this situation in ethiopia.....The ruling party in ethiopia has faising at this time many challenging things such as opposition groups opposition groups are stronger and stronger from time to time....I recommend the Egyptian Government ruling party isnt work for our land Ethiopia .....The ruling party isnt Ethiopian He is Tigray.....We Ethiopians living abroad and inside ethiopia want to destroy the nazi colony of tigray in our land Ethiopia
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Muluneh
16-06-2013 06:29am
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Don't live with precious blood of others
You have to be the member to support them talking from thousand miles away is not as easy as you think! Don't leave with the blood of others.
Muluneh
16-06-2013 06:24am
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"You have to be the member"
I don't know who you are but I think you are living abroad
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st
13-06-2013 07:38am
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We are in a civilized era
Come on guys......do we really need to trump a war drum at this time....... when there is a lot of work remain ahead to improve the gap on perspective of Egyptian and Ethiopian public over nile dispute. Helloooooo leaders for God sake stop this nonsense about threat, war, blood.....and talk your difference out in amicable manner in this civilized era
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Abraham
16-05-2013 12:38am
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Wake up
We are living in the 21st century. Egypt has done everything possible to impending development in Africa particularly in Ethiopia supporting rebels and fermenting wars between neighbours. It is time that Ethiopia with the rest of other Africa countries start to work for development and fight Egypt if Egypt continue to engage in anti-development , and anti- peace activities. We know Egypt was supporting both Somalia and the tiny useless Eritrea to fight Ethiopia. Now Ethiopians are working hard to develop and to assert itself. No one can withstand the brave ethiopian people. Egypt may have rotten and old American weapons, but Ethiopia has determined and committed people to fight for their country. Stop propaganda war. We are developing and it will not be far away to unit with the rest of African country to fight for the right of all nations in east Africa. American or European loyality for Egypt has gone long ago after the end of Cold War , and moreover after the election of the Muslim brotherhood. Ethiopia first. Long live the Christian island
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mohammed
05-06-2013 12:26pm
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Mr
Having power by christian leaders doesn't imply that ethiopians are christian only. Remember There are many moslem ethiopian who are frustrated by people like you who think they are the only beloved ethiopian.Remeber the time of Moa anbesa has long gone not to return forever.
mohammed
05-06-2013 12:15pm
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ethiopia is not a christian island
We have been hearing this long lived deaf ethiopian saying all the way ethiopia is the christian island of the horn of africa.
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Demelash
13-05-2013 02:21pm
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Imposing ones interest on others is not possible!
Egypt should respect and recognize that Ethiopia has a full right to use its natural water resources,particularly the Blue Nile or 'Abay' which is deep inside in the blood of all Ethiopians. Failing to do so and lobbying unnecessary provocations will not benefit Egypt. The way forward is to negotiate in a win-win approach with Ethiopia. Failing to do so will not benefit any of them. Imposing Egypt's interest on an independent and sovereign Ethiopia doesn't work forever. It has never been applied in the past also by any colonizer. we have our interest on our natural resource. We have to stick to our plan by compromising adverse effects but we will never and ever accept any kind of order from Egypt...
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Satenaw
13-05-2013 01:59pm
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Fairness brings change....
Dear Egyptian brothers, the way for mutual coexistence is to think in a fair way. But if you start to think about the old fashioned ideology of ''don't touch the Nile'', it doesn't as it is our golden natural resource. I believe that there is a positive way for both Nations to come to dialogue based on thrust , understanding and compromise. The other way may not be as such simple.It remembers me the most famous Newtonian law. For each action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The fair and equitable utilization of the shared resource will bring a sustainable development and peace among all countries in the Nile basin. So it is better to refrain from any kind of provocation in order to normalize relations with the source countries where your life line originates.
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selam
13-05-2013 03:43am
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Win-win
Egypt must give due respect to Africa in general and Ethiopia in particular.How on earth can one sovereign country ask the consent of other country to develop its resource so as to feed its poor people? Does Egypt ever ask any country's consent to exploit its God given gift of natural resources? Nile is enough for all of us.No war drum.As war has no lasting solution. Let us all be honest, humble and respectful and talk .Let us learn to give and take.Win win is the only solution. I know NOT a single African or Ethiopian who takes pleasure from harming Egyptian brothers and sisters.However, we are tired of threats,bullying, disrespect, etc.. If there is good will, then we can get to a win win solution which is in the best interest of the people of all Nile basin countries. GOD BLESS THE NILE!! GOD BLESS AFRICA!!
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Ethiopian Warrior
12-05-2013 09:34pm
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Check ur war history
I don't want to waste my time talking this and that for the most knucklehead guys. I simply would like to say: Before u talk let alone to start war with Ethiopia, u should first find ur book and check ur war history with Ethiopians. Ur war history with Ethiopia will definetely tell u that that is something simply impossible:: We r Ethiopians in case u need a reminder!
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Werner2010
12-05-2013 10:26am
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Shadow boxing par excellence
Egypt threatens, and Egypt retracts it's threates. This have been in the news for months now. We Ethiopians have had more than our share of bloody wars and conflicts in the last decades, yet I really believe that a military show down with Egypt is needed to stop this threatening and bullying once and for all. It is time for Egypt to recognize that they cannot dictate other nations how to use their natural resources. There is enough water for all, but to demand from Ethiopia to tune all it's developmental projects "in line with Egypt’s consent and needs" is way too cheeky, to say the least.
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