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ElBaradei apology to Ethiopia ‘disgusting’: Salafist Nour Party spokesman

Leading opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei under fire by Salafist Nour Party spokesman Nader Bakkar for not attending Nile dam meeting with president, issuing apology to Ethiopia

Ahram Online, Wednesday 5 Jun 2013
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Nader Bakkar, official spokesman of the Salafist Nour party (Photo: reuters)
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Salafist Nour Party spokesman Nader Bakkar expressed his discontent with opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei after the latter issued an apology to Ethiopia for controversial comments made by Egyptian politicians during a meeting with the president.

The meeting with President Mohamed Morsi on Ethiopia's dam 'crisis' on Monday, which was aired live without notifying the attendees, witnessed suggestions of sabotaging the Ethiopian dam through bribing Ethiopian tribes or spreading false rumours of impending an Egyptian airstrike on the dam as solutions to end the issue.

ElBaradei, who had refused to take part in the meeting, described the statements made at the event as "irresponsible." In his statement he expressed his "sincere apologies to the people and governments of Ethiopia and Sudan" for what was said by meeting participants.

"ElBaradei’s apology to Ethiopia is a contradiction that adds to a list of past contradictions. We never heard your opinion; you have never participated in a dialogue that concerns the nation," said Bakkar on Tuesday, who further described Egypt's opposition bloc as "lame."

Bakkar said not announcing that the meeting would be aired live on television was a "great mistake," adding that "an apology to a country [Ethiopia] that initiated the hostility is disgusting."

He also expressed his appreciation to opposition members who participated in Monday's meeting. "They realise when is the time for competition, criticism and when it is time for national alignment."

Tension between Egypt and Ethiopia escalated last week after the latter commenced plans to divert the course of the Blue Nile as part of its project to build a new dam.

The Renaissance Dam has been a source of concern for the Egyptian government with fears expressed that the project, if completed, could negatively impact the volume of Nile water that will reach Egypt.

Ethiopian officials, for their part, have attempted to dispel fears regarding the dam's potential impact on downstream states, insisting that the project would ultimately benefit all riparian states.

According to Egypt's National Planning Institute, Egypt will need an additional 21 billion cubic metres of water per year by 2050, on top of its current 55 billion cubic metres quota, to meet the water needs of a projected population of 150 million people.

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Lamessa
07-06-2013 06:34pm
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A question for Bakkar: did you considered that if you are not going to apologize for your deeds, from the very beginning there is no problem with the airing of the meeting? You see, the reason you want the meeting not to be aired is not only you considered it as Egypt's national security issue bot you also know that it is not fair, annoying, and an act of belligerence that both Ethiopians and some intelligent and prudent Egyptians know.
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Lee
05-06-2013 07:23pm
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Of course Salafists would accuse someone else of the very things they are doing. Like all Islamists, they try to twist and bend reality to fit their fantasy. The Salafists are the aggressors. They are the ones who are being hostile, but because of their supremacist ideology, they cannot allow themselves to apologize or acknowledge that they are doing wrong. They see themselves as having moral superiority and that everyone should submit to it, whether they want it or not. They push false narratives to justify their racism, extreme narcissism and rage. To apologize to Ethiopia's secular government, for them is offensive as a Muslim, because it is seen as weakness. These guys think the whole world should submit to their way - Shariah. Trust me, this is not an exaggeration. This Nile issue is a religious one for them. You will never see a Christian President in Egypt, not under current conditions, because it is seen as disgraceful for a Christian to rule predominately Muslim nation. Likewise, the idea of receiving 85% of water from Ethiopia, who is predominately Christian, but with a secular government, is a disgrace to them. So, this is why the Islamists, at least, want to have veto power over the Nile. Regardless of the fact that there is no historical precedent for it; they have perfected historical revisionism like an art. They look at having a severe case of denial as something to be proud of. This is the kind of mentality that Ethiopia is confront, but perhaps even more so, Egyptians themselves are confronting, as you can see from the constant internal clashes. They are talking about destabilizing Ethiopia, when Egypt is staggering around like a drunk man in his own vomit. The politics seem confused, the actions and insinuations incoherent, and their paranoia is off the charts. In the meantime, Ethiopia has done all it can to show that the dam is not an act of aggression. If Ethiopia wanted an aggressive actions, they would have invested billions into a military build up or funded opposition parties in Egypt, not build a dam, that mind you, won't even be used for irrigation. Speaking of the opposition and El Baradei, the Islamists will probably accuse them of being funded by Ethiopia, if not Israel. You know that's coming next. Considering how delusional and conspiratorial they are, I wouldn't be surprised.
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Thinker
05-06-2013 07:22pm
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Egypt Needs More Water and Ethiopia Needs Electric Power
How do you solve both needs without damaging the other party's need. Here is my proposal. Since the Nile river suffers highly from siltiation and evaporation, reducing such high loss of water will benefit Egypt greatly and might help meet the additional 21 billion cubic meters of water need by 2050. But since 85 percent of the water comes from Ethiopia, Ethiopia will not invest to preserve the water, if it does not have any return for itself. So in order for Ethiopians to invest they should feel ownership of the river. The best move for Egyptian politicians (liberal or conservative) is co cooperate with the Ethiopian government and invest in the preservation of the huge loss of water through other means. The best way to make Ethiopians feel as owners of the river is by allowing them to use it in a fair way. One of which is supporting them in the building of the dam. Since most Ethiopians have shared their small income to build it, they will be very upset if it is attacked. Especially now that the video displaying some Egyptian politician has become public, it will be obvious who attacked the dam, if something happens. This will drive both countries to the other extreme than cooperation. The other extreme does will not meet the needs of both Egypt and Ethiopia. Politicians on both sides, please take the power you have very seriously. Every power comes with a responsibility. And your responsibility is to try and cooperate with each other and make sure lives will not be lost in this heated contest for resources.
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sam
05-06-2013 06:19pm
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Let me start by asking when is apology disgusting? El Baradei didn't part of the meeting but he knows he is an Egyptian and disgusted by what he saw. A good man, full of conscience. But those of you, who are Muslim and who want to know more about Ethiopia, please read the Prophet's messages, it is well written. For those of you, war mongers,I want to note you one thing; 'you can start war when you like, but you can not stop it as you wish'.
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cof
05-06-2013 04:57pm
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Ethio renesace dam not harm any one
we know that Egypt nation depende on nile river.so ethiopian never do what harms Egptian nation. because they are human being as we are. so it is not clear why Egptian tensioned sorrowley.the dam under construction would based on serious studies.please think seriously ,rationally and understand what we are saying and doing. the governmet of ethiopia also construting it responsibly.so pleas let united to built our brother hood relation to share the common benefit from the dam rather Thank you ,and love you all egptian!
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Ihab
05-06-2013 06:46pm
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Egyptians Seek a Reasonable Process not Elimination
I really respect your perspective, but the Ethiopian government refuses to provide enough information about the dam to eliminate the Egyptians worries. I also wonder why the excavated lake has to 70 billion Cu.M and not 18 Cu.M as originally suggested. There will certainly be water shortage during the filling of that lake. Besides, it will make Egypt constantly under the mercy of another nation, as Ethiopia will always be able to shut off the water for a complete year or so if she wishes.
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Extraterrstrial
05-06-2013 04:12pm
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BAKKAR LOW IQ
It is only people with great mind can apologizes, ElBaradei must be a genius to apoligise for a mistake he is not part of it, he did it because he loves his country. You even have the gut to criticize him for avoiding your "idiot" meeting. As an Ethiopian your meeting he avoided is jock of the century but it seems you didn't realize that yet, and that is understandable looking at your low IQ.
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sisay
05-06-2013 03:59pm
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calm down!!
Mr. Nader, apology is not disgusting by no means. rather your view towards we ETHIOPIANS is disgusting. we have the right to use our water as we wish, but we are not selfish as you are,we dont let you Egyptians die thirsty. put your colonial era agreement on fire that gives you the lion's share over water. And I want you remember what our late prime minister Meles Zenawi said on the issue,"I am not worried that the Egyptians will suddenly invade Ethiopia.Nobody who has tried that has lived to tell the story.I do not think the Egyptians will be any different and I think they know that." And we all know that there is nobody who can witness this better than you Egyptians. Remember what our Great Emperors did to your over ambitious leaders in the past. unfortunately, you dont have wise politicians who can handle this situation in a proper way so that both countries can benefit. Time for 'let me alone use it' has passed not to return. Mr.Nader i have one question for you, where do you want to bring the 21BCM of water in 2050?. I think you better work on family planning. NOTE; TIME COMES WHEN YOU PAY FOR EVERY DROP WATER YOU DRINK UNLESS AND OTHERWISE WE COLLABORATE.
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MC
05-06-2013 03:57pm
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What about the rest?
Who do Egypt think they are? What about the energy needs of Sudan and Ethiopia? Give them an alternative, but I immagine they don't have one. Ethiopia and Sudan should stick to the 55 billion cube quota as this has been Egypt's defence all along. When the upstream countries want a change to the treaty, then Egypt objects, but when they need more, they want. Sorry Egypt - Life is a game of give then take.
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debiemrt
05-06-2013 03:44pm
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apology
it's just "day dreaming".
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Euel
05-06-2013 03:29pm
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Egypt Never know how Ethiopia is Prepared if attacked
Egypt always thinks as it is better in war than Ethiopia!! Nobody knows how Ethiopia is preparing itself if Egypt is to attack its Dam!! Ethiopia is very ready whatever scenario is going to happen!! At the same time, Ethiopia is sure if Egypt attempts to destroy its multibillion dollar project, then Ethiopia will open a multibillion dollar war against Egypt and will by any means sabotage Aswan High Dam and will permanently block or divert Nile!! Moreover, if Sudan is to allow Egypt as launching pad, then, that will be grave for Sudan and we will not have any country called Sudan but, Blue Nile State, S.Sudan, Kordofan State, and Darfur. Before all these scenarios happen, Ethiopia appears to take the diplomacy to the front!! GERD is the life-or-death Project for ALL Ethiopians despite ethnic, political, religious differences.
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