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Ethiopia will not let 'Renaissance Dam' harm Egypt: Egyptian presidency

Ethiopia's plans to store 84 billion cubic metres of Blue Nile water via a new dam should not affect Egypt, says Egyptian presidency spokesperson

Ahram Online, Wednesday 24 Apr 2013
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Ethiopia will not let its in-construction Renaissance Dam affect Egypt, reported the Arabic-language state news website Al-Ahram, citing the spokesperson of the Egyptian presidency Wednesday.

Ehab Fahmy said that if the dam has a negative impact, Ethiopians will "understand the situation and not allow harm to befall Egypt in the light of the historic ties between the two counties and the other Nile Basin countries" .

Fahmy added that the joint committee between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan tasked with handling the matter did not finalise their mission concerning the impact of the renaissance dam on Egypt’s quota of Nile water.

The committee has been meeting for almost two years to examine the construction plan for the dam, which Ethiopia started building with the intention of storing 84 billion cubic metres of water. The water stored will then generate electricity sufficient for its own use and for exports to neighbouring countries, not excluding Egypt.

The Renaissance Dam is one of four dams analysts say could be built along the Blue Nile, which provides Egypt with about 60 percent of its annual 55 million cubic metres of Nile water.

Egypt and Ethiopia are members of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI), a partnership among Nile states aimed at sharing the river's socio-economic benefits and promoting regional security.

Ten countries are involved in the initiative: Egypt, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

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Maru
05-06-2013 02:51pm
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God will help us, let's unite
Brothers come on now, be conscious, stop your difference; pray in all in your religion, in the name of the soil, our water and blood of our fathers. Now stop the differenece, be stand along the government with all Ethiopians and Parteners. We are still under poverity line, here after we better die than to such survival level. Egypt brothers shall understand we are under big question mark of life, we have no hope than fair play. God, help us. We do not need poverty and unjustice practices any more.
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Africa
01-05-2013 09:16pm
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I think Egyptian have the same mind all over the time which is thinking Nile is for Egyptian only.It is better if other Nile basin countries work together and leave Egyptian in their box.All Nile basin countries should start big dams on their share of Nile river and feed their own people.My advice for my African brothers is dont trust Egypt on Nile issues.Go go Africa ....
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sam
26-04-2013 04:47am
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Ethiopia will not let 'Renaissance Dam' harm Egypt: Egyptian presidency
Ethiopia will not let the Renaissance Dam harm Egypt , It is a fact . The two Great nations can work together for the befit of their people but those who have different agenda wants to create a problem between these great nations by spreading false propaganda . long live Ethiopia and Egypt. United we stand divided we fall. thanks.
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munir ahmed
26-04-2013 12:27am
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both Egypt and Ethiopia have great history in Africa they should work together
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Bisrat
25-04-2013 10:55pm
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Working together is the best and only way
The Ethiopian government from the beginning said that building the dam will not hurt Egypt and was never the intention when Ethiopia took up this project. Egypt's worry have been taken into account and that's why the Ethiopian government went out of its way and has allowed the committee from Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia to look closely into the dam project. Working together for the benefit of all is the only best option and it is encouraging to see this from the Egyptian side.
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neil
25-04-2013 06:43pm
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contradiction
the same people who say there is no effect, are supporting a 'qattara depression' hydro dam project that is based on the premise that a like-size lake will completely evaporate billions of meters of water per year.
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Aly Sadek -CANADA
26-04-2013 06:55am
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The Qattara hydro dam will be filled with water from the Mediterranean..
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25-04-2013 10:46pm
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To Neil...
Why are you against a country that desperately needs to increase its electrical capacity and provide abundant energy and an overall better standard of living? It comes off as arrogance when Egyptians complain that Ethiopia wants to use her own resources or that "Egypt is the gift of the Nile" and all other kinds overly romanticized bunk. Ethiopia will develop. Egypt should be happy. The affects of the dam will be unremarkable. Those who don't like Ethiopia for whatever reason, be it that it is predominantly Christian or non-Arab, are stuck in a colonialist mentality that should have died out with British departure. Egypt should tap into underground water sources and desalination projects. It should also cut down on the 5 million illegal buildings in operation. That's a start. If you want to stop Ethiopia, you will have to stop the other countries that have joined the Nile Basin agreement. How is that productive?
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