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Egypt escalates war of words over Ethiopia’s Nile dam project

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June 11, 2013 (ADDIS ABABA) - Tensions between Egypt and Ethiopia heightened on Monday after Cairo threaten Addis Ababa in connection with its first dam project along the Blue Nile.

Egypt, which has long been opposing the construction of the $4.8 billion dam, said it will not tolerate any attempt by the horn of Africa’s nation that diminishes its water share.

Addressing to Egyptians on a live televised speech, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi warned that his country is ready to confront any threat that would endanger the country’s water security.

"Egypt’s water security cannot be violated at all," said Morsi.

"As president of the state, I confirm to you that all options are open."

The Egyptian president however said that he is not calling for war but warned that he would not allow any type of threats against water security.

President Morsi’s comments come after Egyptian politicians this week intensified pressure on him for doing not doing enough to stop the Grand Renaissance Ethiopian Dam (GERD).

Although Ethiopia is the source of 85 percent of the Nile’s water, a colonial-era treaty grants Egypt the use of over 70 percent of it, supplying the North African nation with 55 billion cubic meters of water per year.

The new dam on the Blue Nile river where Ethiopia is building Africa’s largest hydroelectric plant is considered by some Egypt politicians to be a security risk considering how much the largely desert nation relies on the Nile’s water.

Experts estimate that Egypt could lose up to 27% of its share of the Nile’s water when Ethiopia fills the GERD, which, when complete will be the Africa’s biggest reservoir with a capacity of 63 billion cubic meters.

Egypt has in the past threatened to go to war against any country that violates to its historic rights over the Nile river.

Egypt argues that other countries along the Nile have alternative water sources, but the Nile is the only water source available to Egypt and its historic water rights should be respected.

“If it loses one drop, our blood is the alternative," president Morsi said.

"The lives of the Egyptians are connected around it as one great people. If it diminishes by one drop then our blood is the alternative."

REACTIONS IN ETHIOPIA

Ethiopia’s foreign ministry responded on Tuesday, saying that the construction of Nile dam will not be stopped “even for a second” despite what Egyptian politicians say.

Addis Ababa’s foreign ministry spokesperson Dina Mufuti said the sabotage proposals suggested by some Egyptian politicians were unacceptable.

However he welcomed the remarks by Sudan’s information minister, Ahmed Bilal Osman, in support of the dam project.

Osman said the ten-member international panel, which has been studying the impacts of the dam on Sudan and Egypt in its final report last week, had dispelled all concerns raised about the dam.

The Sudanese spokesperson said that his country will send experts and technicians to help in the construction of the dam.

Ethiopians were caught by surprise last week when Egyptian politicians last week were aired live discussing sabotage plans to stop the Nile dam, which currently is 21% completed.

Politicians suggested that President Morsi take military action or support Ethiopian rebels to destroy the Dam, outraging many Ethiopians.

“We are ready for an armed confrontation to any attacks by Egypt” Mesfin Nega, a 32 year old Ethiopian told Sudan Tribune.

“Words of war are not the smartest ways to deal with Ethiopia” he said. “Egypt better stop making provocative remarks. It should refer back and learn in to how Ethiopia defeated the Italian invaders.”

Speaking to state television, Egyptian Foreign Minister, Mohamed Kamel Amr, said "No Nile - no Egypt."

He declined to detail possible actions Cairo would take in connection with Ethiopia dam but said "We have a plan for action, which will start soon. We will talk to Ethiopia and we’ll see what comes of it.”

The Egyptian foreign minister is expected Addis Ababa within the coming few days to discuss with Ethiopian officials over the controversial massive dam project.

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  • 12 June 2013 06:02, by Ahmed Chol

    That is true. Ethiopia is the only country on the continental Africa that defeated foreign invaders. Had every country done so, Africa would have never been colonized by Europe. Egypt should stop to forget about the 1922 agreements and the rights granted to it by its former Conquerors, the British.

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    • 12 June 2013 07:50, by Peter Mading

      Greedy Arabs! Is Nile water yours or Nature is yours?? Where did you get that right? Morsi, you said all options are open?? Which country are u threating Earth or Ethiopia?? Ethiopia will continue to construct its GERD and nothing can stop her. Ethiopians are Human beings and they have rights over natural resources. What is wrong with Egppt to lose 27% of Water?? Let it be war of words.

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    • 12 June 2013 07:58, by Tutbol

      do you guys really believe this Morsi fellow posturing of owning the Nile waters by the ways of wars is going to any where? No matter how poor the Upper Nile nations are millitarily; they are not going to buy this Egypt false sense of entitlement to Nile waters nonsense. But the "devil island that cheated Egyptians that they own the Nile & its monsters followers are working behind the scene"...

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      • 12 June 2013 08:14, by Tutbol

        ... to push Egyptians to a war they will least likely to win, these monsters are so thirsty of blood to drink; their thirsts has not been quenched by the innocents bloods they are drinking from the innocent Syrians & so they want a new front! citizens around the world are very much asleep to see the hands of fascists, plutocrats & oligarchs hands in all these of messes & spreads of wars.

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        • 12 June 2013 08:38, by Tutbol

          The Europeans, the gulf states & their US corporatocracies & greedies are services by the devil island nation plutocrats & oligarchs. They preach to the world that they are free democracies, but in truth, they are monsters. Why do these govts love top secret secrecies if they are free democracies anyway? S Sudan must at all cost stay away from the UK, it is an island of cabals & intrigues.

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      • 12 June 2013 09:47, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

        Muhamade Morsi of Egypt should remember that Ethiopia and South Sudan are not signatoried of the Nile treaty agreement, so we are not abided or bond by the Nile traety agreement.

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    • 12 June 2013 08:59, by Paul Ongee

      "Egypt’s water security cannot be violated at all," said Morsi. This is not” Halayib Triangle” that President Al-Bashir is scared to reclaim it. Al-Bashir cannot violate the occupation of Halayib Triangle. "As president of the state, I confirm to you that all options are open." You better beg Ethiopia not to show its airpower.

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      • 12 June 2013 08:59, by Paul Ongee

        “If it [Nile] loses one drop, our blood is the alternative," president Morsi said. More than one drop is already lost and no suicide mission seen. Only God knows not Egypt or even the other upstream countries if one drop is lost or the source of the Nile is losing one drop. Even if the source is losing one drop, nobody wants Egyptians’ blood as an alternative.

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        • 12 June 2013 09:00, by Paul Ongee

          "The lives of the Egyptians are connected around it as one great people. If it diminishes by one drop then our blood is the alternative." You’re free to commit suicide as one great people as it happens in the troubled Middle East countries. Somebody in Ethiopia created by God as one great people desperately needs electricity.

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          • 12 June 2013 09:01, by Paul Ongee

            “…the construction of Nile dam will not be stopped ‘even for a second’” Ethiopian FM said. Bravo, thump up. “We are ready for an armed confrontation to any attacks by Egypt” Mesfin Nega, a 32 year old Ethiopian told Sudan Tribune. Just show them how airpower works if Egypt starts.

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            • 12 June 2013 09:01, by Paul Ongee

              Unlike President Omer Hassan Al-Bashir of Sudan who conducts military campaigns without winning a single war/battle since June 1989; instead of winning one of the two/three civil wars (1955-2005, though one is still ongoing in the North), he keeps provoking partition of Sudan in broad daylight.

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              • 12 June 2013 09:02, by Paul Ongee

                "No Nile - no Egypt." Said Egyptian FM. You’re lying; desalinize the water of Mediterranean Sea. The Nile was there before a human being set foot there, settled and named it Egypt. The colonial agreement didn’t/does not add/lose a drop or maintain the level of Nile water. It simply deprives other countries’ basic rights of using it. Period.

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                • 12 June 2013 09:02, by Paul Ongee

                  "We have a plan for action, which will start soon. We will talk to Ethiopia and we’ll see what comes out of it.” You better tone down the rhetoric before your suicide mission fails.

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                  • 12 June 2013 09:03, by Paul Ongee

                    A colonial-era treaty “blindly” granted Egypt the use of over 70 percent of Nile water. Just ask Britain again today if the agreement was intended to maintain the level of Nile water after human being set foot there in the country called Egypt and what was the level of Nile water before human settlement and how much has it been dropping so far?

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                    • 12 June 2013 09:03, by Paul Ongee

                      The answer is NO. Hope all of you will agree with me, Paul Ongee so long as we want to build dams, not one dam, to electrify the whole of South Sudan. How many dams did Egypt and Sudan alone build and the level of Nile waters didn’t drop and why? How many cubic inches/meters of Nile waters are used for irrigation in both countries and the level remains the same? Stop that Bullshit.

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  • 12 June 2013 07:44, by Jalaby

    Well, we told our Egyptians brothers long time ago that the war in south Sudan is a proxy war and Jonobean are fighting on behalf of Israel and Israel is targeting Egypt through the river Nile but Egyptians never listen to us, you see now the south is separated and couldn’t build a country and nation but falls under Israel embracement and playing the "cat’s claw" in

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    • 12 June 2013 07:53, by Jalaby

      region and Israel pays them in return of allowing all the support comes from Israel to SPLA-N & SRF,the south got paid from Israel for opening its land for the rebels and coordinates the logistic support!
      Again,we tell our Egyptians brothers that this war in Sudan is supported by Israel,river Nile and dividing Sudan and weakening Egypt through Sudan is the main goal

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      • 12 June 2013 07:57, by Jalaby

        come and fight with us these mercenaries of SPLA-N & SRF and South Sudan that open its land for dirty game just because of few dollars they get from Israel because they’re cheap too! come and join us before it’s too late!!

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        • 12 June 2013 08:02, by Jalaby

          If Egypt decided to destroy this Ethiopian dam anytime by using their F16 warplane then we won’t allow them to use our airspace because we are not involve in this game and Ethiopia is not our enemy and we are not affected by this dam, Ethiopia is our brother too!

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          • 12 June 2013 08:05, by Jalaby

            Egypt might use Eritrea airspace to attack that dam because Eritrea is at war with Ethiopia and I believe they will be more than happy to do that but we will never ever do that!
            Yes, we will allow Egyptian F16 to attack South Sudan through our airspace if they ask us and we will be more than happy to do so!!

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            • 12 June 2013 08:44, by Aarai Baka

              To jalaba
              Good luck for your wishing of Egypt using F16 to attack Southern Sudan. For Egypt to attack ROSS, they need Kaduguli airport for full operation but that town is under rebels daily attack by SRF, plus Egypt will loss the war against Ethiopia if by air power. Ethiopia have the best Air Force than Egypt. Egypt plus Arabs countries loss to tiny nation of Israel for all majors war.

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            • 12 June 2013 14:23, by sanduksanduk

              Jalaby the fake arab,
              The Ethiopian dam is one of the many dam projects on the niles. It is only a question of time. We will use our waters to irrigate land for our people and animals. As for fake arabs in Sudan and Arab Egypt, they can eat sand or go to hell through Tel-Aviv.

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        • 12 June 2013 08:40, by Peter Mading

          Jalaby are you a soldier? Have you been on frontline? Bashir is reintroducing Jahid and soon you will perish in Blue nile of Nuba Mountains.

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        • 12 June 2013 14:25, by sanduksanduk

          Jalaby the fake arab,
          The Ethiopian dam is one of the many dam projects on the niles. It is only a question of time. We will use our waters to irrigate land for our people and animals. As for fake arabs in Sudan and Arab Egypt, they can eat sand or go to hell through Tel-Aviv.

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      • 12 June 2013 08:54, by Aarai Baka

        Egyptian are bunch of lossers never won any war against any country.
        They lost to Israel several times. Israel attacks Sudan more than 4 times never respond but crying like little pussy cat in the middle of dogs. Sudan Air Force never been used to any country but used to her own people, Bashar Assad is much better than Omar Bashir. Assad responded to Israel incursion than this talking pussy Omar

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    • 12 June 2013 08:01, by michael coma

      Jalaby
      What you says is true.We are not building our country due to lack of militery equipments including air force that’s why we plays cat’s claws.Any country who will dare mighty Ethiopia will face loud music.Egypt is digging its grave against Ethiopia.All ways to hell are open as it was said by president Morsi of Egypt.

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    • 12 June 2013 09:03, by Aarai Baka

      To jalaba
      I’m having a big fat smile in my face now, I just want Egypt to start attacking Ethiopia n let see in a week who will call jahid wholly war or calling on their fanatic brother to joins them. I will find myself beautiful Egyptian bitch to use during the operation under Ethiopia Amare commanding officer.

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  • 12 June 2013 08:03, by cbuongdit cholkua

    Egypt have to know that,we are now in 21Ist century. Anything that people were entitled during the colonial Era are now given back to their very right people.Any country that lives along the Nile Valley has to do what they wanted to do with Nile water.So Ethiopia have to continues with project.Not only Ethiopia,but South Sudan too has to proceeded the Jonglei Canal Project

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    • 12 June 2013 08:47, by Eastern

      cbuongdit cholkua, though you are right in your assertion that all countries along the river Nile have the right to use its water for their benefits, I don’t agree with you that the Jonglei canal project has to be revived now. This was a greedy project whose aim was to allow must of the Nile water to flow to Egypt. This project will kill all the tiocs; people in Fangak will suffer!

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      • 12 June 2013 09:26, by Kenyang

        Eastern,
        Thanks for making this clear. I didn’t see it or otherwise, there was no point of adding anything as you said it well.

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    • 12 June 2013 09:23, by Kenyang

      cbuongdit cholkua,
      Jonglei Canal was grand gift to Cario by Khartoum and what it meant is that South Sudan is using or wasting a lot of water. If it’s implemented, all wet areas-swamps, moist or oasis and including lakes and rivers will dry up speeding desertification of of South Sudan.Jongei Canal mustn’t happen. South Sudan is South Sudan becuz of moist areas as they are cattle keepers or farmer

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  • 12 June 2013 08:33, by John mamer

    @ Jalaba that support from Egypt is not new they did that in 1990s and such Mujadeed where defeated by SPLA commandos, muslim brother hood recently a pologises for being wrongly influenced by NIF (NCP) to fight in South sudan, more over Egyptian investors are allready in Juba and will not heed your call for war to support your selfish interest against your own citizen and neighbours.

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  • 12 June 2013 08:39, by Tear Gas

    Egypt cannot defeat Ethiopia. If they do any thing stupid they will be the ones to regret. And very soon South Sudan is going to build the biggest dam in the world in Nimule. This will reduce water reaching Egypt by 60%.

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  • 12 June 2013 08:53, by Ariel the Hebrew

    Yaa jalaby, I don’t understand why S.Sudan is so important, yet ur evil and uncivilise attitude force it to separate. About Israiel, we are actually israilites, if Egypt try to mass up with Ethiopia then it will be the end to Arab in North Africa.

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  • 12 June 2013 09:41, by Paac

    Ethiopian government need to chill out by not to build any mother fucker dam, if they go head with this project all five major rivers in Anyuak land including the small one will dry up,making it very difficult to grow anythings. Sound maybe funny but it very dangerous,it will affect all of gambella area.

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  • 12 June 2013 09:56, by Pif Paf

    Sudan will stand by Ethiopia on this dam issue till the end. Egypt should not look to Sudan for assistance because we will never compromise our relationship with Ethiopia.Unlike Egypt, Ethiopia is a true friend of the Sudanese people.

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  • 12 June 2013 10:14, by Son of Ngundeng

    Dear all Egyptian!!
    you will be teach a lesson, you never even learn in your life to fight with entire Ethiopian. What we believe we the south Sudanese the fake Arab does not need the south to have the electricity from the new Dam this is their vision but!! your dream become useless.

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  • 12 June 2013 17:36, by Arhowdit

    Ethiopia deserve the right to build it dam on blue nile no matter what but if Egypt attempt to it we are ready to support it by all cost because they have helped us in our war before. fuck Arab.

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  • 12 June 2013 21:27, by emad

    This war of words by egyptian politicians will never stop Ethiopia from using its rights on the nile water for development... we as sudanese used to this kind of provocation from Egypt,so do not care about what they,just go ahead with your dam construction.

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