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Sudan not part of possible action against Egypt on Nile water


June 25, 2009 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan will not be part of possible legal action against Egypt being pursued by some Nile basin countries, an official said today.

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A family of fishing people, with from left to right, Um Ahmed and her grandsons, Mohammed Ibrahim and Adel Ibrahim as they work in their boat on the Nile river in Cairo, Egypt (AP)

The independent Al-Akbar newspaper said that the UK based Guardian newspaper reported that parliamentarians from 11 African Nile basin countries are considering file a lawsuit against Egypt regarding the 1929 and 1959 agreements that gave it exclusive right on the usage of the longest river in the world.

The 1929 agreement signed between Britain and Egypt states that no project on the Nile would be undertaken by any basin countries that would impact the volume of water reaching Egypt.

Legal experts say that the agreement is binding to Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo despite the fact that most of these countries were not independent at the time.

Thirty years later Sudan and Egypt amended the agreement that enabled the construction of the Aswan dam close to the borders between the two countries.

The 11 countries will reportedly also add Britain to the case before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) asking for compensation losses incurred because of these agreements.

The move reportedly came after Egypt refused to sign a framework agreement in the Congo last month saying it amounts to its “historical right” in the Nile water.

The Egyptian Al-Ahram Weekly newspaper said that Cairo asked that other signatories “explicitly approve Egypt’s right to 55.5 billion cubic square meters of water annually; that no projects on the Nile be implemented without Egyptian approval, and that Convention articles be amended only on a unanimous vote”.

However, the stipulations put forward by Egypt were deemed unacceptable by other countries.

The 1959 agreement between Egypt and Sudan states that no projects are allowed on the Nile by any other country without its consent.

A unidentified Sudanese official at the water resources and irrigation ministry emphasized to Al-Akhbar newspaper that neither his government nor Ethiopia will join the effort to sue Egypt.

He added that Sudan under British rule in 1929 and thus was not a party to the first agreement and noted that it is up to the political leaderships not the parliamentarians to take such a step.

Egypt is extremely sensitive to any talk about modifying its share in the Nile water with some officials saying that this amounts to a declaration of war warranting military action.

Yesterday the editor in chief of the semi-official Al-Ahram daily Morsi Atallah wrote a column saying, “Nile water is a red line”.

“Egypt will not forfeit its historical rights…will move to defend these rights if any attempt is made to touch Egypt’s share and no one inside or outside should be surprised” he wrote.


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  • 26 June 2009 05:27, by pol d

    Time is come for the people of African to get the River Nile back even God know,to know that
    Egypt was geting 95% of water free.Those joints African
    was geting 5%.EGYPT time is over for you,
    God bless African and our Great Mile River.

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    • 26 June 2009 06:20, by Khot Majok Tuil

      Who can swallow the big fish? River Nile is a gift toket to african and basically Sudan. its a hostrical geographical allocation i.e Isaiah 18. Sudanese people should send their geologies to underlodge any benefit out of river Nile if they have that sence of technology with out hinderence.

      Take caution Egyptian. building of Swan-dam and any other project on River Nile should and must be seriousely a grantee from Sudan. remember the source is a provider.

      Thanks brother Pold, time is over for them they shall be no longer use 95% of the river Nile.

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    • 26 June 2009 06:31, by agetm4real

      These dillusional bastards in Egypt... Do they really believe that they have ’’historical rights’’ to the Nile river?? It’s strange, because the last time i checked them Arab egyptians came into Egypt/Africa in the 7th century ad. And this was way after The black nilotic Egyptians had created their civilization named Kemet.

      So these Arabs in Egypt... YOU DONT HAVE HISTORICAL RIGHTS, you came in as conquorors that killed the indigenous people of Egypt. You DONT HAVE HISTORICAL RIGHTS.
      African Nations, its time to make an alliance, if this motherfucker Egypt thinks The nile is hers... We’ll take It... its Rightfully ours. AFTER ALL WE ARE AFRICAN, NOT THE DECENDENTS OF THE MIDDLE EAST!!!

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      • 26 June 2009 07:55, by the clean one.

        their hooks and nets will be useless, that is ISAYIAH 19.time is just ticking and the worse is yet to come when the mighty people of southsudan gets their independence. the very people feared near and beyond. I beleive this becoz holy bible don’t lie. EGYPTIANS, TIMING HAD JUST BEGAN.

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  • 26 June 2009 08:33, by Jur_likang a likan’g

    Black Africa is not a property of Egypt nor are africans slaves of Egyptians to decide for Africans on what the people want to do within their sovereighty. Let Egyptians go to hell if it so wishes.

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    • 26 June 2009 11:44, by Axan

      Wow, they assumed what they say is final in Africa...Eygptains are true bastards. why would they try to quiet up other nations which even have more rights to nile water...let alone those puppets in kartuoms who worship eygpt for reasons known to them.

      supposedly, sudan should join those 11 nile basin countries in fighting this idiotics bastards of egypt.

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      • 26 June 2009 13:35, by Rizig

        The agreement was done in those days of stone age but as of now, Africans have their robert mugabi therefore be ware you filty Egyptians.

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        • 26 June 2009 16:39, by Leave Us Alone

          Ever since the creation of the earth there has been a war for dominion of planet earth between the two seeds of mankind. In the Garden of Eden God spoke to Lucifer/Satan, "You and this woman will hate each other; your descendants and hers will always be enemies. One of hers will strike you on the head, and you will strike him on the heel." Gen 3:15

          The descendants of Lucifer would from that day forward seek the total destruction of God’s children. Through the bloodline of Cain his descendants would seek to strike down and kill all the offspring (seed) of Adam as first seen with the murder of Abel. The battle for planet earth began right from the get go!

          The Bible says that when God created the earth the angels sang for joy. Why? Is it that they felt the earth was to be theirs?

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  • 26 June 2009 17:21, by Martin D Ajhak

    Bravo Parliamentarians! the extend in to which Egyt has gone in using this water is unbeareable .

    Also,Sudan as represented by Khartoum need to answer some questions regarding 1929 agreements in which Sudan was a part of other 12 countries.

    What brought volation of this unified agreement on water is unacceptable and ratification of this mistake is very important. What is life and Egytian must acknowledge and appreciate this offer by keeping the agreement terms

    South Sudan is going to be a part of other African nations being cheated in the agreement .Egyptian must the price..

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  • 27 June 2009 17:42, by Jakok Loakloak

    Of course, Egyptians must act stuborn and bullyish because they had it all for centuries without a single soul challenging their lustvicious gain. One thing they are ignorant of is that ’we in the upper basin, are not going to deny them their riht of consumtion as they did to us.’ Only that each member of the nile basin will enjoy their rightful share. No more under table deals even if it takes us to the extremes of their set RULE. After all we are the sons and daughters of the same blessed water.


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    • 28 June 2009 13:52, by Hashim Ali Mohomed

      Yes Ithink its time for Justice and also its time for sudan to realize that the Egyptian are seeking to control the Nile regardles for other rights so its about the time for us to have strategey and to make it effective we must
      be aware of the future we have to co-operate with each other in case the south is seperate and if we stay as one countery then the goverment must work hard for the citzen
      benfits [not for some coroption official] and any devlopment must be for the citzens and has to be touchable
      [not some bridage and some baved road in slected location on the account of the effective people who scravise for this devlopment Merowe dam Manasir are in tents No school
      waiting for compnasation looking for the president promise
      to be fulfil .

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  • 23 July 2009 14:35, by Sase Naim

    Whether Egypt likes it or not, Ethiopia is going to use the water which comes from its womb. Ethiopia has tried to engage the Egyptians to constructive dialog, but the Egyptians have showed no interest at all. So Ethiopia and the rest of the African Nile basin countries have the right to utilise the water. Another solution could be if Egypt is ready to pay tax for the water, say one dollar for every 1 cubic meter of water. Egypt, it is your choice! Either way, African Nile basin countries are going to get benefit from the Nile. Some thing which is free tastes too good, the Egyptians know very well than any one else. You have been spoiled to get the water for free and for too long.

    Sase Naim, Sweden

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    • 23 July 2009 23:16, by Sherif

      I am going to cite the Egyptian newspaper “Egypt will not forfeit its historical rights…will move to defend these rights if any attempt is made to touch Egypt’s share and no one inside or outside should be surprised”
      Ethiopia contribute 87% of Nile water and million of Ethiopians starve each year. Can we people in Ethiopia claim the gases in Saudi or Sudan as our rights? Egyptian are so arrogant and thinks Ethiopians are coward! Well Prime Mister Meles Zanawi said" if Egypt try to stop Ethiopian , they have to occupy Ethiopian and no country on earth was successful in doing that " If Egyptian thinks they can stop us from utilizing our natural resources which is rightly of ours let them be our guests!

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