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Egypt denies deal with Sudan to strike Ethiopian dam

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September 24, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – An Egyptian official has emphatically denied the veracity of allegations that his country had reached an agreement with neighbouring Sudan to use its territories as a launchpad for potential attacks on Ethiopian damming facilities because their dispute over Nile water-sharing.

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Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, when completed, will reduce the capacity of the Aswan High Dam, helping to save about six billion cubic metres of water. Image courtesy of Hajor.

Sudan Tribune reported the allegations last month citing a 2010 internal e-mail leaked by the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks, which suggested that Sudan president Omer Al-Bashir had agreed to build an Egyptian airbase in his country’s western region of Darfur to be used for assaults on The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) should diplomatic efforts fail to resolve the dispute between Egypt and Ethiopia over Nile water-sharing.

But Egypt’s state minister for military production, Rida Hafiz, on Monday strongly denied the allegations saying they are “totally bare of truth” According to Egypt’s state-run news agency MENA, Hafiz added that the report is “designed to disturb Egyptian-Ethiopian relations.”

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Egypt - and Sudan to a lesser extent - are involved in a drawn-out conflict with the Nile Basin’s upstream countries over Nile Water rights as the latter, mainly Ethiopia, continue to contest and attempt to alter the shares dictated by colonial-era treaties giving Egypt the lion share in Africa’s longest river.

The North African country is concerned that Ethiopia’s GERD, a massive hydroelectric dam on the Blue Nile, about 40 kilometers from the borders with Sudan, will affect its vital flow of fresh water when completed with a capacity to create a reservoir of 65 billion cubic metres.

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President Omer Al-Bashir reportedly told his Egyptian counterpart Mohammed Morsi this month that Sudan shares “identical position” with Egypt on the Nile water issue.

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  • 25 September 2012 08:24, by Kenyan the cushite

    Sudans NCP regime is an enemy of Africa. they have been killing milliions africans for 20 years. now they want to help destroy a dam that would provide electricity to ethiopia, kenya and dgibouti. kenya has already got $350 million to build electric connection to ethiopia and started. SUDAN is a danger that must be eliminated.

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    • 25 September 2012 09:20, by Dinkawarrior

      Ethiopian need to think twice before decided to be a friend this stupid homo-Muslim Arab, I wish Zenawi was alive! I always tell you friend never be a friend with Muslim! They’re descendants of evil.

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    • 26 September 2012 13:31, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Arabs,are always after riches,but God has not given any resoures to their desert land because God knows how queral they are?few Arabs countries having mineral resourses all their leaders are been killed.
      OKUC PA LOTINOKWAN

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  • 25 September 2012 08:30, by Kenyan the cushite

    all of africa now know the real enemy. Sudan supports, LRA. sudan killed millions in the sudan civil war, now they are doing genocide in darfur, BN and SK. they are trying to starve millions. they are spnsoring terrorism around the world and creating refugess crisis in SS,kenya, ethiopia. fake arab NCP /sudan has brought only death and shame to africa. we now know the enemy.-fake arab

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  • 25 September 2012 08:37, by Kenyan the cushite

    as egypt and libya n tunisia, continues to slide more and more into chaos and stagnating economy,rest of africa is growing at 7%. explain to me why a video of muhammad, which cannot jump out of the screen or hurt anyone will cause people to burn things and kill each other. is that not the meaning of savages, people that do things without any rationalily? religion of peace my ass. islam= death

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    • 25 September 2012 11:31, by Paul Ongee

      I don’t believe this piece because the joint air operation of Egypt and Sudan cannot equate the highly equipped and sophisticated Ethiopian air force. If they are looking for another six-day war of 1967, let them try. That will be their end without any Nile water for them to survive on.

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      • 25 September 2012 20:03, by henok

        You nailed it correctly, my friend. If they dare to slacken the project in any form, Ethiopia is ready to act aggresively.

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  • 25 September 2012 14:48, by michael coma

    Sudan and Eygpt are trying to put their asses on Ethiopia but let them try their level best to attack it.South Sudan is brother to Ethiopia,we can support them by any mean.

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  • 25 September 2012 14:54, by michael coma

    Eygpt is like broken pot,if the like war why they let their people killed by Americans through incitation.let them kip out their mouths from our affairs with Ethiopia.

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  • 25 September 2012 15:17, by Markos Alemu

    This can’t be true, and I don’t imagine as Albeshir to be that wild. Why? This is a dam for about 5 countries including Sudan herself. A dam that is designed to benefit more Sudan and Egypt. Why Sudan is always servant and slave to the Egypt. These are two diffrent countries and should anything happen we Ethiopians march as far as Kartum as this is a question of survival. Check your mind.

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    • 8 October 2012 22:37, by Northern Sudanese

      Markos Alemu
      you are so stupid, who even said this report is true that we want to strike? we even gave ethiopia $40 milion worth of equipment to built the dam! stop making up nonsense!!!
      you better stay out of this anyway, south sudan isn’t fit enough to interfere in this dispute

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  • 25 September 2012 17:26, by H/Ab

    If Egypt tries to attack Ethiopia, history will repeat itself. Egypt tried to invade Ethiopia in the 19th century and defeated by Yohannes IV at the battle of Gura. Of the 12,000 well-equipped Egyptians, led by foreign mercenaries, about 6,000 Egyptians were killed and the remaining including the pasha were captured. Ethiopia should not trust Sudan rather support our South Sudanese brothers.

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  • 25 September 2012 19:59, by ViVa Sudan

    All above southners insects keep quite & educate ur selves just read wat real hebasha Markos Alemu statment u were not & will never ever be brothers to hebasha we Sudanese supported ethipoian all the time u supported Mengistu the butcher who massacred many hebasha ppl & Garang supported him too so kenyan fake kushite its we Sudanese who liberated South Africa Countries read History well idiots

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    • 25 September 2012 20:35, by South South

      Northern Sudanese or ViVa Sudan,
      You can call yourself any name you want but that will not make different to us. Can you shut up a little bit and go and join your mad guys in Khartoum. We are fake like you idiot.

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  • 25 September 2012 20:17, by ViVa Sudan

    Kenyan the Fake MASAAI NOT Cushite UR GREAT GRAND FATHER IS NOT KING BEANKHI IDIOT U DON’T ’VE HISTORY IN KENYA COZ U R FAKE TOO ,Dinka COWARDS no warrior YOU WILL NEVER STOP ISLAM FORM SPERADING IN AFRICA DIS IS DA FACTO SO

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    • 26 September 2012 01:40, by Observer

      ViVa Sudan,
      Please learn to write English and stop showing your lack of internet manners on here.
      Once you do that maybe people will read what it is you are trying to say.

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      • 26 September 2012 04:32, by mohamed mahgoub

        I’m struggling to comprehend what is talking a bout ,it took a long time to know which side he stands ,no surprise he is aproduct of the Islamic criminal NCP education revelution system!

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  • 26 September 2012 09:41, by magic

    I think Egypt knows what Ethiopia is for it. Asswan Dam will be demolish in hours if Egypt touches Nile Dam.
    History will repeat itself if Egypt comes again and disturbs Ethiopia. Egyptian came twice to invade Ethiopia on issue related to Nile but No Single Person returned back home. Despite the enormous assistant they got from US previously we will defeat if they touch our Dam.

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  • 4 October 2012 00:23, by Extraterrestrial

    We Ethiopians have many options to bring both Sudan and Egypt to their knees, if the worst of the worst comes we can pollute the Nile river as it leaves out Ethiopian territory to Sudan, we can pollute it with any kind of hazardous chemical. We know the stupidity of Khartoum and their snack like heart, we know the evil Egypt. Be warned we can destroy you, YOUR LIFE IS IN ETHIOPIAN HANDS FOREVER.

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    • 8 October 2012 22:40, by Northern Sudanese

      Extraterrestrial
      you mean our lives are in the hands of the cleaners? lol , how many illegal ethiopians have we got in sudan? sudan alone has a far better army and economy than ethiopia! even south sudan has a better per capita than ethiopia! you ethiopians are only a threat to somalia, don’t forget that we sudanese still got the head of your old king yohannes from the 1880’s

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  • 16 January 2013 10:04, by BlackNoah

    North Sudanese ARE Egyptian Bitches, whores and wives
    as always... STOP sucking egyptian Dicks for ones....Ethiopia will fuck you guys......try and you will drinkk your urine..keep sucking dicks faggots hahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahahahhahahahahahah

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