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Egypt to grant South Sudan $300 million for water and electricity projects

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July 11, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — Egypt will give the Government of South Sudan $300 million for water and electricity projects as it seeks to build good will among countries along the Nile, the source of almost all of its water, Reuters reported on Sunday.

The grant will be used for building potable water complexes, drilling 30 wells for underground water, setting up river ports and upgrading electricity and water networks, Egypt’s Water Resources and Irrigation Minister Mohamed Nasreddin Allam told Reuters.

In May, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and latterly Kenya signed a new deal over the management of the Niles waters in attempt to replace the original colonial-era agreement that gives Egypt the power to veto dams and other water projects in upstream countries.

The Nile Basin Agreement, which took 10 years to negotiate has been rejected by Egypt and Sudan and may trigger a struggle for water resources in the region.

Southern Sudan, which will vote on whether it wishes to separate from northern Sudan in January, has a semi-autonomous government that is yet to form an independent position on the new agreement.

Should the South vote for independence it would create an additional country for the waters of the White Nile to flow through before it reaches Egypt.

Upstream states say that it is unfair for Egypt to keep its historic veto over projects such as hydroelectric damns along Nile as they wish to use the Nile’s water to support economic growth and development.

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  • 12 July 2010 05:29, by Deng Thiak Adut

    Another Egyptian contempt story!!

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    • 12 July 2010 07:18, by Aduol Liet

      Egypt confusion have been observed recently.

      The Egyptian Foreign Minister have been misspoken throughout for all these years seem to me that, they were trying to build their Arab brothers relationship with Northern Sudan which they were supporting during the Mahdi movement against British unfortunately, the Northern Sudan now are threaten Egypt about the land problem and Egyptian people want to know that, we Southern Sudanese can be friend to any nation and any body but we do not want this confusion they have been showing us because there is no more important than telling the truths rather than trying to show you guys Arab brotherhoods. We are so fad up with your religion policy and you must come up with good Ideas and reality.

      We Southern Sudanese people do care about Africa and others world, but if you guys make yourselves between North Sudanese and Southern Sudanese people then, you would probably surprising. You should have learn what benefits the whole Sudan Nation in term of all kinds of the resources are belonging to Southern Sudan including the long River Nile that, have benefiting the Egyptian people withou any doubt.

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  • 12 July 2010 07:37, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

    I don’t see the move by Egypt as a positive progress, because the only thing that convince Egypt to stuck its nose to South Sudan is river nile. This arab country has nothing to do with the people of South sudan, how many lives of southern where killed in the border of Israel and Egypt? Crap I will not see Egypt as an African country for what they had shown by acting like chameleone changing from this to that. I can’t be convince by money to pursuit short team relationship with an enemy. Better to be poor than taking money from a common enemy. This is all the way arabs used to convince Afrcans right from long time ago. Money Money Money, to hell with these money. Tomorow Egypt will start connecting (bond) South and north with such strategies.

    Secondly this $ 300 million will disappear into the monster teeth of Goss gangs, nothing will ever be in South like promised electricity and water soruces. I am not new to the government of sick services lead by ignorance. From bush to town the criminal black arabs (dinkas) in South has never made a changes. Wild behaviours are still present in the government of sick services. People claim to be leaders but doesn’t know how to manage things. Why would a fellow brother like Lam be consider as a traitor if we actually think that we are wise? why would the worse insecurity in South appear to be in all dinkas states? the answer I wil predict is that DINKAS need attention, isolation and strong quarrantine nation wide. Fool should be deserted from the peace loving societies. Just like pigs and goats live in different farms.

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  • 12 July 2010 08:54, by Wensi

    Flattering,flattering Oh Egyptians!! They just try every avenue so that they can win their big share of Nile’s water with no opposition. I can not exactly see the point why the nation which is at the mouth of the river is so ambitious to have a big share of the river’s water when the nations which are the sources and which the river traverses do take it easy. What an insatiable manner!! The day I will be at that table of Nile’s water discussion, God is the only person who knows what they will hear from me on behave of the Southern people. If He (God) will.

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    • 12 July 2010 09:40, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Egyptians need to be thanked for that. However the aid or the grant should not be attached to strings that is going to compel our masses to choose pseudo-unity with Jallaba because it cannot yield anything except war due to Jallaba colonial mindset. On the other hand we cannot forget the bad deeds Egyptians did to South Sudanese in the history of contemporary Sudan. The murder of our brothers and sisters in Mohandiseen in Cairo and supply of military aid to Khartoum government during Anyanya I movement in the sixties. In all we would like to assert the right of a South Sudanese to choose between Unity of Sudan and secession of the South Sudan from Jallaba Sudan should not compromises with anything material. If that aid is intended to do that then I beg to ask the Egyptians to rethink before taking their action.

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