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South Sudan backs Ethiopia’s Nile dam

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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

June 14, 2013 (ADDIS ABABA) – The Governments of South Sudan has voiced support to a Ethiopia’s controversial Nile Dam project which the country is building along the Nile river, while Addis Ababa minimised Egyptian statements about war against Ethiopia.

South Sudanese chief negotiator expressed Thursday his country’s position on the construction of the Giant power plant being built some 30-40 Kilometers from Sudan border.

Speaking to Reporters in Addis Ababa, Pagan Amum, said Ethiopia dam project will benefit not only to Ethiopia but also to the current and future generations of Sudan and Egypt.

Ethiopia is currently exporting hydropower processes cheap Electricity to Djibouti and Sudan.

"Ethiopia has the right to use the Nile water in terms of generation of electricity, in terms of irrigation, and the way we see this development is that it is not affecting the interest of Sudan or Egypt", Amum said.

Newly independent South Sudan which recently became a new member to Nile basin countries has called on Egypt and Ethiopia to cooperate and engage in a dialogue to resolve Nile water Dispute.

After Ethiopia recently diverted the course of the Nile River, Egyptian politicians are suggesting sabotage including military action and supporting local rebels to destroy the Dam project.

Ethiopia’s communication Minister, Bereket Simon, said Friday that the threats from Egypt are only psychological feud that aimed to divert the Egyptians away from their internal political instability.

Simon Down played a potential of war with Egypt over Nile.

“Egypt doesn’t have firm and justified reason to go to war with Ethiopia” he said adding “even if they have the willing the question is do they have the capacity?’’

Bereket further stressed that military action will never solve disputes over Nile.

Last Wednesday Ugandan President Museveni in a national address at the parliament backed the construction of the Dam saying that African nations need such a hydro power plant to spur their economies and to generate clean energy as well as to curb deforestation practices aimed for fuel.

Museveni further warned Egypt to restrain from what he said was “the chauvinistic statements” coming out of Cairo in connection with Ethiopia’s $ 4.8 billion mega hydropower project which the north African nation fears could diminish its annual water share from Nile River.

"I have seen statements in the media coming out of the government of Egypt about the commendable work of Ethiopia. What Ethiopia is doing is what governments in Africa should do," he said.

Khartoum dissociated itself from Egypt and supported the Dam construction saying the three countries should work together to resolve minors problems mentioned in a report prepared by international experts including Egypt and Sudan.

ETHIOPIA RATIFIES NILE PACT

Ethiopia’s 547-member parliament on Thursday unanimously endorsed the new Nile River Cooperative Framework Agreement, making the horn of Africa’s nation the first country to ratify the agreement reached in Uganda in 2010.

The move comes after days of fierce verbal exchanges between Cairo and Addis Ababa that escalated tensions rising fears to a possible military confrontation.

The Entebbe agreement which was signed by four Nile basins aims to reverse a colonial-era agreement that has granted Sudan and Egypt lions share to the Rivers water resources of which over 85 % of it originate in Ethiopia.

Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Burundi are also signatories to the Framework Agreement legislatures of the countries are similarly expected to endorse the cooperative agreement.

At least six riparian countries have to ratify the agreement to overthrow the colonial era treaty Ethiopia-led other riparian countries argue that it has abandoned their right to equitable utilization of the water resources.

South Sudan has in the past announced plans to sign the cooperative framework agreement.

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  • 15 June 2013 06:26, by Joseph Canada

    Just watch, they will say that they are sending the Army of God (mohamed) to fight Jihad. They will say those laws are a gainst Korhan soon. Just watch!

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  • 15 June 2013 08:03, by Martin Muong

    What kind of power do Egyptians have?. Nile is a God made river to be utilised by every country along it bank. It was not made to be privatized by Egyptians. I don’t think Egyptians are smart to win this game of privatising the Nile. Therefore, Ethiopians have right to construct their own dam along river Nile. If they are still using egotic ideas of Anuor Sadat, the late Egyptian President.

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  • 15 June 2013 08:08, by Martin Muong

    What kind of power do Egyptians have?. Nile is a God made river to be utilised by every country along it bank. It was not made to be privatized by Egyptians. I don’t think Egyptians are smart to win this game of privatising the Nile. Therefore, Ethiopians have right to construct their own dam along river Nile. If they are still using egotic ideas of Anuor Sadat, the late Egyptian President.

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    • 15 June 2013 08:13, by Martin Muong

      Then they are doom!.

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      • 15 June 2013 12:14, by zulu

        YEP MARTIN
        EGYPT IS LIKE THE NCP OF SUDAN, FULL OF NONESENSE AND DEMAGOGUEGY. SOUTH SUDAN, ETHIPIA, UGANDA AND RUWANDA ALL HAVE STERNLY WARNED EGYPT AND SUDAN NOT TO MESS WITH THEM.
        THE IRONY IS, WHILE THE NILE IS LIFE FOR EGYPT, PEOPLE IN ETHIPIA DIE OF DRAUGHT WITHOUT USING THE NILE WATER.SAME WITH SS WHERE WATER IN RURAL AREAS IS MUCH NEEDE WHILE WE HAVE THE NILE FLOWING CONSTANTLY TO THE N.

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  • 15 June 2013 22:09, by Zenawi

    As an individual, I pay my water and electricity bills, why is it that Egypt can’t? The discussion should be how much should Egypt pay to use this precious natural resource. It should no more be about building a dam in our own country or not.
    The current Ethiopian government need to get its people on the same page. We need to raise resources to complete this and similar projects ASAP.

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  • 16 June 2013 13:14, by seyoum777

    History101
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    In June 1967, the combined armies of Egypt, Syria, and Jordan attacked Israel with the clear purpose expressed by Egypt’s President: “Destruction of Israel.” At the end of what is now known as the Six-Day War, Israel, against all odds, was victorious and in possession of the territories of the ’West Bank’, Sinai and the Golan Heights.
    The tiny Israel defeated the Arabs.

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  • 16 June 2013 13:19, by seyoum777

    Who was involved in the Six-Day War?
    The following nations were involved in the Six-Day War:
    Victor side:
    Israel
    Opposition side:
    Egypt
    Syria
    Jordan
    Arab Expeditionary Forces
    Iraq
    Saudi Arabia
    Morocco
    Algeria
    Libya
    Tunisia
    Sudan
    PLO
    Victor: Yitzhak Rabin, Moshe Dayan, Uzi Narkiss, Israel Tal, Mordechai Hod, Yeshayahu Gavish, Ariel Sharon, Ezer Weizman
    Opposition: Abdel Hakim Amer, Egypt Abdul M

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  • 20 June 2013 23:48, by Extraterrestrial

    We know the capacity of Egypt to harm Ethiopia. We don’t want war with Egypt as we want to live in peace with all our neighbors and fight poverty but, if Egypt touches Ethiopia or any other Nile country, Ethiopia will be in the front line in the battle field against Egypt. We will remind this Egyptian Generation what we have done many times before against their fathers. Ethiopia don’t fear Egypt.

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