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Pope Francis calls to avoid conflict over Blue Nile water


August 15, 2020 (KHARTOUM) - Pope Francis on Saturday called for dialogue between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan on Saturday, urging to avoid conflict over the Blue Nile water.

Pope Francis (Reuters photo)The Pope made his call during the annual Angelus message for Assumption Day, the most important Catholic feast dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

He said "following with particular attention the situation of the difficult negotiations regarding the Nile between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan."

"Continue on the path of dialogue so that the Eternal River might continue to be a source of life", uniting, not dividing, nourishing friendship and not hostility or conflict, he said

"Let dialogue be your only choice, for the good of your dear populations and of the entire world," he stressed.

The three countries are engaged in a process mediated by the African Union after several years of talks on the filling and operation of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

Ethiopia plans to build two other dams in the future to become the first continental producer and exporter of power.

However, these projects will also enable it to control the water flow to the downstream countries and now propose to put aside discussions on the GERD and to negotiate a water-sharing deal.

Sudan and Egypt reject the proposal and accuse Ethiopia of planning to sell them water in the future.


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  • 16 August 2020 14:36, by Mayendit

    Pope Francis
    The Ethiopian people are became too arrogant and unwilling to share Nile water in Eastern African. We are all African citizens and it doesn’t matter how much color look like and it doesn’t matter how many languages we speak different but it is important to make shared as one continent unfortunately, the Ethiopian people thinks that, they own Billions of gallons of water to block it.

    • 16 August 2020 15:49, by The Rhino


      I feel sorry for your foolishness.Even our lovely goats in Equatoria are more intelligent than you are.Shit,if you don’t understand the level of obnoxiousness and greed handed over to the downstream countries by their colonial masters,then I suggest you hurry up and do some homework,go learn history,damn it!Look here ya foolish jienge,Ethiopia should fill that Dam GERD with plenty of...

      • 16 August 2020 15:54, by The Rhino


        ..waters,full to the brim!Anybody who has problem with that must only blame himself for being deceived by colonialists that our Nile and its tributaries do flow from North to South,thus giving them superiority to decide about agreements on water quantity.Ethiopia should never be taken hostage for its own resources.Stay firm Ethiopia!

  • 16 August 2020 14:43, by Mayendit

    The Ethiopian people are totally wrong should the war go out then,the world will hold them accountable because they refusing to cooperate with two Sisterly countries like Sudan and Egypt respectively. Basically, they have right to use water but they have no right to blocking a billion water gallons from flowing to their brothers and sisters African people.

  • 16 August 2020 16:17, by Nueri Dial

    Pope Francis does not read scripture actually. It was prophecy by Prophet Isiah 19 that Egypt will dry. How on earth a God claimed could never came across that chapter? Ethiopian should go ahead with their God given resources

  • 16 August 2020 18:23, by Mayendit

    Appealing to Sudan tribe’s Editors to make sure the people who use abusive language like Mr.Rhino and others must be deny at the Sudan Tribune website commenting. I don’t see any reason why I am comparing with Goat mind and also there’s no any reason why this Sudan tribune has become a hateful by some commentors and they should be deny them for hateful on other
    Thank for that.

    • 16 August 2020 18:28, by Mayendit

      I am sorry, the computer change Sudan tribune to tribe.
      Basically, I mean the Sudan Tribune’s Editors on the above mentioned.
      Once again thank.

    • 16 August 2020 22:04, by The Rhino


      Take a deep breath and relax for a while ya jienge.Your derailed emotions and confused Dinka attitude will kill you one day.Look here loser, no one on this website is bound to hurt or harm anybody.Its an opened platform,which marvelously encourages freedom of speech and expression.These are true pillars of democracy.If you,in someways feel offended by that,hang yourself.Always running..

      • 16 August 2020 22:09, by The Rhino


        ..fast to a third party candidate for help and crying out loud like an empty headed moron, are signals of weakness and poor self confidence.We’ve experienced these facts/nonsense all along from illiterate leaders in South Sudan.So,expect bitter reactions especially if you post lousy and worthless comments.Understood,good!

        • 16 August 2020 22:15, by The Rhino


          I believe a goat and computer are very smart to commit failures.Their nature is far beyond your state of mind!Anyway,..I hope you are not running for higher posts in the gov’t or worse,presidency in South Sudan.

  • 17 August 2020 01:57, by Kenyang ll

    Egypt has zero right on another country own territorial water. Blue Nile is 100% Ethiopia and no country on Earth, not Egypt has power to dictate them what to do with their water. Beside, Egypt has built Aswan and many other dams on the Nile, why can’t Ethiopia build a dam inside Ethiopia from thier own water? GO ABESHA!

  • 17 August 2020 02:15, by Kenyang ll

    "The Ethiopian people are totally wrong should the war go out then,the world will hold them accountable because they refusing to cooperate with two Sisterly countries like Sudan and Egypt respectively."

    • 17 August 2020 02:51, by Kenyang ll

      Ethiopia is not sisterly to any of those Countries and has every right to use their own water accordingly. Once we clear and clear South Sudan from Kiir stupidity and traces, we will build our own dams without permission from another country.

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