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Ethiopian hydropower Nile project alarms Egypt

March 14, 2011

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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3 comments on “Ethiopian hydropower Nile project alarms Egypt

  1. egyptian leader belive like their ancester , ‘pherhons’ . Time is change. You can’t constract that pyramid now . “we are in 21 century ” as prime minister melese said.

  2. You know what, I will go back home to go join Ethiopian army if Egypt tries to attack Ethiopia over this situation. Deal. Egypt sucks on this one. They knew that 85% of the river comes from Ethiopia and they tell us not to touch our own water. This is crazy; I think my friend is right they think like their ancestors. They need to check their calendar it is 21st century and people claim what they deserve without any problem.

    Peace for those Egyptians who believe in democracy and who believe in fairness and symbolism.

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