Egypt Holding Tight To Nile Water Rights while Ethiopia Building Death Dams

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nile river egypt ethiopiaAs its grip on the Nile river slips away, Egypt reframes the tone of its negotiations.

Egypt has announced a final effort to re-negotiate the terms of the Cooperative Framework Agreement which apportions water from the Nile River to various basin countries. Since 1929, Egypt has held a near-monopoly on the water, but last year Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda signed the Entebbe Treaty that neither Egypt nor Sudan recognize in order to arrest that monopoly.

At the beginning of April 2011, Ethiopia started construction on the Grand Millennium Dam near Sudan. Egypt asked permission to conduct an assessment to gauge the impact of the 6,000MW hydropower plant on its own water supply, but Ethiopia refused. Almasry Alyoum reports that concerned parties will try one more time to find a fair solution.

Under the terms of the Entebbe Treaty, Nile basin countries will no longer have to ask Egypt’s permission to undertake water diversion projects on the mighty river. Emboldened by this, Ethiopia – which contributes more water to the river’s annual flow than any other country – began construction on a massive dam project.

Egypt sent a 40-person delegation to Uganda in order to persuade President Museveni to oppose the dam project currently underway in Ethiopia’s Benshangul Gumuz state. Egypt’s 85 million inhabitants rely almost exclusively on the Nile for their water needs, while Ethiopia claims that electricity produced by the hydropower project can benefit everyone.

In a last ditch effort to maintain some of its rights to the Nile waters, Egypt’s Water Resources Minister Hussein al-Atfy announced an initiative by the African countries to renegotiate the Nile Basin Framework Agreement.

According to Almasry Alyoum, he said the initiative aims at allowing all people of Nile Basin countries to benefit from the water, and added that international arbitration would be Cairo’s last resort in dealing with this issue.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Essam Sharaf, in a meeting with the Ethiopian ambassador, expressed a willingness to improve relations between the two countries.

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Dictators of the Horn and the great Lakes have started Damming the Nile waters to death

April 15, 2012 in Damming the Nile to Death

The Nile reperian dictators are damming and preparing to use for commerical farms of their grabbed lands which well lead to the drying  and salination of the Nile water.

Read the following article of the Egyptian  share modeling in the very near future …

 

 

Egypt has long held unrivaled “historic rights” over nearly all of the Nile River’s resources. But now all that could be changing as upstream states like Ethiopia and Burundi seize on Egypt’s post-revolution political uncertainty to finally wrest at least some control of the world’s longest river. The result could be mean dire food and water shortages for Egypt, and maybe another revolution.

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Political uncertainty in post-revolution Egypt is allowing other Nile states to wrest control of the world’s longest river.
A 1959 colonial-era treaty brokered by Great Britain gave Egypt, and to a lesser extent Sudan, unrivaled “historic rights” over nearly all of the Nile River’s resources. But now all that could be changing as upstream states like Ethiopia and Burundi seize on Egypt’s post-revolution political uncertainty to finally wrest at least some control of the world’s longest river.
– ERIN CUNNINGHAM
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As Egypt loses its grip on the Nile and its population soars, food and water scarcity are becoming a serious problem.
– ERIN CUNNINGHAM
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Ethiopia, at Egypt’s expense, plans massive projects to make use of its 900-mile-long section of the Blue Nile.
– BEN SOLOMON
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Will Egypt’s impending food and water crisis spark another uprising?
– ERIN CUNNINGHAM
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Ethiopians hope to finally wrest some control of the Nile, and its life-giving water, from Egypt.
– BEN SOLOMON
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