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Ethiopian hydropower Nile project alarms Egypt

Prime Minister Zenawi's announcement that Ethiopia is set to build a much needed dam on the Nile is met with a floundering policy of denial and flattery by Egyptian Nile official

Ahram Online , Monday 14 Mar 2011
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Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, in a statement to Bloomberg, announced that Ethiopia will launch a hydropower plant project in the next few weeks.

This statement comes after a Nile treaty is set for ratification by six African nations excluding Egypt and Sudan to their dismay and disappointment.

The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI), a body formed by Ethipia, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya and lately Burundi, intends to legislate an agreement to allow Nile river diversions and projects to be implemented without prior consent from down-stream countries like Egypt.

Egypt has Veto power over decisions by up-stream countries on Nile water matters due to treaties signed in the 20s and 50s.

The addition of Burundi to the NBI makes the signatories six, the number required for a ratification of a treaty that might strip Egypt of its long-held power over Nile waters.

Abdul Fattah Motawi', head of Department of Nile Waters in the Egyptian ministry of irrigation called in a meeting to discuss the Nile Basin situation after the signing of Burundi with the NBI.

According to Shorouk newspaper, a source in the ministry of irrigation said that the technical committee following the case is frustrated with Motawi''s approach to the issue.

According to the committee, Motawi' is denying any serious risks for the building of the Ethiopian dam on Egyptian shares of Nile water.

Motawi' is allegedly dealing with the situation along the lines of the old regime, by trying to shrink the ability of Ethiopia to complete the project and sending lavish gifts to the Ethiopian irrigation minister, Shorouk’s source says.

Tensions between Egypt and Ethiopia were highest last November, when Zenawi’s statements promoted a possible war with Egypt to settle water issues.

Egypt was able to calm the situation, and the NBI was to meet to discuss the Egyptian reservations this January, a meeting that was postponed due to the Egyptian uprising.

Egypt claims no Nile country may embark on any projects without the consent of all Nile Basin countries.

The plant to be constructed close the Sudanese border should generate 6,000 megawatts of power, largely needed by Africa’s second most populous nation suffering from frequent power outages.

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Tazabi
18-03-2014 09:27pm
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Egypt Has no veto power
Egypt does not have any veto power over the Nile. As usual Egyptians must be dreaming thinking that they have a veto power. They have this illusion that the 1959 treaty between Egypt and the Sudan and the 1929 agreement between their colonial master Great Britain and Egypt gives them that right. Any child knows that you are not bound by any agreement that you are not a party to. Who in their right mind will give a veto power over their national resources to a very unfriendly and ungrateful country like Egypt. What do the basin countries benefit out of it. For years Rgyptians were despising and ignoring these countries who have been providing them with life. For their troubles all these countries got is spite. Now the idiots of Egypt with this sense of entitlement as if they are masters of the nile basin countries tell us you should starve while we develop. Does that make sense. Only a selfish Egypt thinks this is fair. Let the Sudan and GB give you your water
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teferi
04-02-2014 12:56pm
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no option without win-win situation
Many kings & queens of our country had been victims of Nile for many years by Egypt.Blue Nile is our God given natural wealth although Ethiopia contributes 85% Nile water,Egypt thinks Nile it's own water by contributing 0% to it.All riparian countries benefit nothing from Nile .Now the time is came!Ethiopian people and government committed to build the dam with out harming Egypt and Sudan.
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teferi
04-02-2014 12:47pm
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no option with out win win situation
Many kings & queens of our country had been victims nile for many years by Egypt.Blue Nile is our God given natural wealth although Ethiopia contributes 85% Nile water,Egypt thinks nile it's own water by contributing 0% to it.All riparian countries benefit nothing from Nile .Now the time is came!
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Abyssiniya BOY
30-10-2012 09:11am
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Not Be Thirifty
You know, Egyptian you are the first or the long time Ethiopian Friends plus by our nature we ethiopians not think like Animal we are not think about for ours but also to our neghbours. The poverty should be eradicate by using Our's Nile but not by harming brothers egypt. We are only Harm for Our Enmey. as we think our's current enmy is Poverty and any one who distruct our poverty eradication Process. God Bless Ethiopia and Entire Africa iN THE NAME OF hIS mOTHER St.Mary
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tufa
10-07-2011 01:41pm
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hydropower
i hope i will improve
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Jamal
26-06-2011 12:49am
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ET Hydro Elec Project
I am African American and have been to 5 East African countries - I plan to live and do business in Djibouti. I am pleased to hear of the prject and that all of East Africa to benefit. I proposed that rain water is also harvested requiring less drinking water from the Nile - same time providing more water to those down the river like Egypt and North Sudan. After July 2011, I think that South Sudan will also sign the six nation river nile treaty resulting in a 7 to 2 vote; and what about Eritrea and DRC? I am very proud to hear of this project sponsored by PM Meles.
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Mark
19-04-2011 03:49pm
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Dead is Dead
To Egypt Govt. You should stop your old strategy and thinking. Ethiopians are all joined with their government and already every one is willing to pay what is required to successfully complete the project. This can never be stopped but Ethiopia has a plan to generate 25T MW dams still a head. The great millennium dam is no more negotiable as the fund is already paid. Dead is dead and try to stop subsequent dams through negotiation
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HAyalsew
19-04-2011 07:59am
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Nile dam
Dont Fear Egyptians, since we Ethiopians have no habit to harm others because our religion restricts us from doing that. why Egyptians think like animals? please discuss and share this resource in win win strategy. Nile becomes a fuel for Ethiopians and we deliver our life and blood. we do t like to see our country in the poverty list, we want to change our image. Never never can curtail our effort.
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kia
14-04-2011 11:52am
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zero sum politics
Egyptian leader have followed zero sum politics towards Ethiopia for the past many years. now Ethiopians have shown that they can build great dam with their own money & efforts. like the past going here & their to stop international institutions from giving support to Ethiopia is an old fashioned outdated strategy. so please Egyptians try to change your policy toward Africa in general & Ethiopia in particular. your gov't have served as American POLICE/correspondent/ in the middle east ...forgetting Africa. now you are paying for that. you are not to late to do that. whether you like it or not its time for countries like ethiopia to eradicate poverty and devlopment. peace be for Africa!!!!
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MOHAMED IBRAHIM
13-04-2011 07:36pm
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The Nile River
To all Egyptians:- As you know very well, we are generouse to a fault. We give witout reservation but get with humiliation. Enough is Eough now. We have been giving you our resource without reservation thanks to our leaders. So please think with your foot to the ground and to work with the plan. Thank You
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