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Eritrea supports Egypt’s position over Nile water dispute

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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

April 18, 2013 (ADDIS ABABA) – The Eritrean government said this week that it supports Egypt’s stance over a colonial-era treaty that granted Egypt a right to utilise the lions share of Nile river’s water resources.

The Red Sea nation expressed its support in a message sent from the Eritrean president and delivered to Egypt’s president by Eritrean Foreign Minister Osman Saleh and Presidential Adviser for Political Affairs, Yemane Gebreab.

The Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, has highly welcomed Eritrea’s position towards Egypt’s "historic rights" over the sharing of the water of the Nile River.

Morsi said that he looks forward to meeting his Eritrean counterpart.

Although Ethiopia is the source of 85% of the Nile’s water, downriver countries, Egypt and Sudan, use 51 billion and 18 billion square meters a year respectively, around 90% of the Nile’s resources.

In April 2010, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania signed a new agreement in Entebbe, Uganda, to overturn a colonial-era treaty seeking a more reasonable and equitable utilisation of the river.

The deal was approved after Burundi later signed the agreement and joined the group in March 2011.

Newly-independent South Sudan has not yet signed the Cooperative Framework Agreement but it has also rejected the 1959 Nile water agreements between Sudan and Egypt.

Downstream countries of Egypt and Sudan have, however, dismissed the deal, saying the agreement is insignificant because it did not include all Nile basin countries.

Egypt has in the past warned against construction of further dams along the Blue or White Nile’s.

One year after the Cooperative Framework Agreement was signed; Ethiopia launched the construction of a massive $4.8 billion dam on the Blue Nile River raising protests from Sudan and Egypt that the dam - Africa’s biggest - would reduce the flow of the water to their territories.

Currently a tripartite committee, which is composed of six experts drawn from Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan, and four more international experts are assessing the impacts of the project.

The team is expected to announce the final findings and conclusions in May 2013.

(ST)

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  • 19 April 2013 06:54, by john k

    Ignorance is not a valid excuse

    • 19 April 2013 07:13, by Michael Angelo

      Eritrea is a curse in Africa under a dictator rule. Why support unfair agreement while your people are suffering from hunger? Egypt and Sudan must accept this agreement whether they want it or not.

      • 19 April 2013 09:11, by Tutbol

        Egypt has to accept the reality on the ground. Those belligrants posturings of blindly clinging to colonial treaties that are being increasingly question by the Nile river natives of their fairness & need to be reviewed. Those treaties were not writen in stones anyway & Egypt should prepare for desalination plants & be buying the excessive use of the Nile water, it is that simple.

      • 19 April 2013 16:38, by Dubey

        If Ethiopia support Jesus, Eriteria will definately go for Devil or Mohammed

    • 19 April 2013 17:41, by Deng Ateny Lueth

      Eritrea is taking a journey to uncharted territory, it has no right whatsoever to rein in any support to Egypt over Nile water Issue. Eritrea is an Eritreans al shabab run goverment like the former rebel led government of Somalia. eritrea president support to egypt is totally absurd and rubbish.

  • 19 April 2013 13:21, by Addis Ababa

    This is breaking news that Eritrea is opposing all Nile Basin Countries except Egypt and Sudan. Eritrea contributes 0% to Nile river waters and opposing fair sharing of resources among countries to boost economy and improve life of the citizen. How Eritrea supports the colonial era agreements? Only Crazy mind accepts this. Stupid Eritrea! It is shame to be Eritrean at all!!!

    • 19 April 2013 17:08, by Dubey

      One thing Isaias Afewerki has proven beyond doubt that he is not good in is LEADERSHIP. Eriteria could have been better off as a region of Ethiopia which is now doing very well economically with double digit yearly.

  • 19 April 2013 21:03, by Equality for all

    To hell with the previous treaties, noway we are going to sign another equitable treaty so what is wrong with that? Egypt is blind fooling us here by donating us with their fake generators which doesn’t supply us with enough power. wait we shall soon build the Africa’s biggest dam on this river nile.



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