Egypt, Sudan to attend January Nile Basin extraordinary meeting in Kenya

December 5, 2010

The Egyptian minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, Dr. Mohamed Nasr El Din Allam, said in press remarks on Friday that the decision was taken after talks with Salah Yusuf the Sudanese state minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, who is currently on a visit to Cairo.

Allam noted that it had been agreed between the Egyptian and Sudanese sides to unite their vision between upon considering the points of disagreement in the Framework agreement, which prevented Egypt and Sudan from signing it.

Several donors are due to take part in the extraordinary meeting to be held in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

Nile Basin Initiative member countries are Egypt, Sudan, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Cong.

Ethiopia built five huge dams on the Nile in the last decade.

Based on 1929 and 1959 colonial agreements, Egypt is entitled to the lion’s share of the Nile’s total flow of around 84 billion cubic meters i.e. 55.5 billion cubic meters of water per annum (75%) . Sudan is entitled to 18.5 billion cubic metres (11%) while seven upstream countries share the 14%.

Since May, Nile Basin countries Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Kenya signed a new deal to share Nile waters.

Sudan and Egypt rejected the deal while DR Congo and Burundi have so far not signed the deal.

The new agreement will reduce Egypt and Sudan’s right to use more than 85% of the water.


4 comments on “Egypt, Sudan to attend January Nile Basin extraordinary meeting in Kenya

  1. I think Ethiopia and the upper riperian countries have a legitment right to share the Nile water. The water issue is going to be a very serious problem in the world, when the supply of water is reduced due to global warming and increase of population in the world.

    As it has been said many times, there is no way Egypt and Sudan only should take the lion share of the Nile water. If I ma not mistaken, Ethiopia contributs more than 75% of the Nile water currently. All countires should come to the table and discuss the problem genuinely and share the water equitably. Ethiopia understands the Egypt and Sudan have legitment right to use the water and Knows, “Egypt is the gift of Nile.” No governemnt in Ethiopia wants to cut the life line of Egypt. The international water law should be consulted and implemented in the usage of Nile among riperian countires.

    But Ethiopia and other upper riperian countires should not accept the Colonial-era agreement in the 21st century. The Egyptian Should come to their mind and ask thier fare share on the meeting and solve this problem for once and for all.

    Best Regards,

    Concerned Ethiopian

  2. There is persistent misleading quote in the international media and the most worrying thing is no one from Ethiopian side came to say, “as far as Ethiopia concerned there is no 1929 and 1959 agreement”

    Ethiopia contributes 85% of the water and has not signed anything either in 1929 or in 1959. Whatever agreement there may be it is only about 15% of the water (White Nile) that is coming from Kenya, Uganda etc.

    A wrong premise is going to lead to a wrong conclusion. One this premise is accepted the issue will be how to equitably share this unclaimed resource.

    Without this premise Egypt and Sudan will use bullying tactics to enforce an agreement that never existed.

  3. I think somethingis really wrong if The Sudan and Egypt alone trying to push every body into their old vision. This is a new era. Some nations are may be poor but not stupid enough to allow some rogue nations gallop upon them. I think war is the worst and the last resort to the problem. Please Egptitian and Sdanese leader needs to come to their senses to the best benfit of all of us. Otherwise the worst will yet to come!

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