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Intensive contacts to convene new Nile Basin meeting

Post-Revolution Egypt is engaged in a concerted effort to repair relations with Nile Basin countries, which had soured badly during the last months of the old regime

Ahram Online, Sunday 24 Apr 2011
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Cairo is engaged in intensive contacts aimed at convening a meeting, or a series of meetings of the nine Nile Basin states, Egyptian diplomatic sources told Ahram Online. The meeting's objective is to try and overcome differences and reach a new agreement on water quotas, which is especially crucial for the twin down-river nations, Egypt and Sudan.

According to the diplomatic sources, a range of ideas are being discussed as to location and timing, with both the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, and Uganda's Entibe suggested as possible venues for the meeting.

Also being discussed is the level of the meeting, with suggestions including the convening of hydraulics experts meeting, to be followed by a meeting of irrigation and water projects ministers, or a joint meeting of both foreign minister and minister of irrigation.

These contacts come in the context of an emerging improvement in the climate of relations between Egypt and the other Nile Basin states, especially Ethiopia and Uganda following the 25 January Revolution. Egyptian-Nile Basin relations had entered into severe crisis following the signing of the new Entebbe framework agreement on Nile waters by six Basin states, not including either Egypt or Sudan.

The Cairo sources would not comment on whether the Entebbe accord will be open for review in the forthcoming meeting, stressing rather that focus will be on drawing up a roadmap to transcend differences, and maximise mutual benefits through the optimal utilization of the great river's waters. In doing so, the sources said, the Nile would be transformed into an element of cooperation and integration and not one of conflict.

Egypt has sought to capitalise as much as possible on the revolution in its attempt to turn over a new leaf in relations with Nile Basin countries. A delegation to Entebbe a few weeks ago included representatives of the Coalition of the Revolution Youth Movements, and so will a forthcoming delegation to Addis.

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daniel teferra
01-05-2011 07:12am
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Nile
We all the beneficiary of Nile should not be deceived by politicians diverting the reality for their own selfish motive and along this evil doing at a cost of hunger and backwardness is criminal. Mubarak & Co should not only be accountable to their overall management of Egypt but also for the said maintenance of poverty on the source countries. Egypt, you are our sibling.
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Mati
26-04-2011 05:57pm
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Enough is enough!!
Ethiopia always says that "Nile is enough for all of us if properly utilized". The Egypt media is distorting the issue and mislead the world . There have been negotation for decades but never materialized. We can build our dams by our own resource. Enough is enough!!!!
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ethiopian
26-04-2011 04:41am
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It is a ruse
It is the usual ruse of Egypt which is more interested a never ending process and negotiate forever while Egypt maintains the status quo. If Egypt is series about settling the issue, it should join the NBI initiative. Not start a new one.
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jems
24-04-2011 03:28pm
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lets be reasonable
Ethiopia has to start using nile for economic development and poverity reduction, nile has been a bad natural gift for ethiopia, eventhough it was born there,people's who live around the river are dying from not being able to use there water but at the same time people in egypt are in prosperty by using there fertile soil that has been taken by erosion from those people in ethipia, so do u think this is fear??
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