Sharing The Nile ( Interview )

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Anwar Sadat, the former Egyptian president, once said: “The only matter that could take Egypt to war again is water.”

That was 30 years ago. But even today, water is a crucial issue in Egypt. Along with Sudan it refuses to sign an agreement on the division of water from the Nile.

The river is at the heart of a controversy involving the ten so-called Nile basin countries: Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi.

Al jazeera Inside story

Al jazeera Inside story

Last week, representatives of the Nile basin countries were in Egypt to discuss a new water-sharing deal called the Co-operative Framework Agreement, but they failed to reach an agreement.

Ethiopia said on Tuesday that it and six other countries would sign a new deal on sharing the waters of the Nile and accused Egypt of “dragging its feet” on a more equitable treaty.

The new agreement replaces a 1929 colonial-era treaty between Egypt and the UK, which gave Egypt veto power over upstream projects.

Can there be a fair distribution of the Nile waters with Egypt claiming historical rights, while other downstream nations say they were not consulted? And could disputes over the Nile spark a water war?

Inside Story, with presenter Sohail Rahman, discusses with guests John Nyaoro, the director of water resources in Kenya, Diaa el-Din el-Quosy, a water expert and the former deputy chairman of the National Water Research Centre in Egypt, and Dureid Mahasneh, a consultant on water issues.

Watch The Interview

Source: Al jazeera inside story

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Reuben N Haile April 29, 2010 - 9:03 am

i hope Ethiopian Air Force are capabel of carying out any mission against Egypt if the stupid makes any war like mooves!!!! Egypt is a looser …. Blue Nile is our Great Abbay!!!! .. they should beg and pay for that!!!

Zecharias ዘካርያስ Zelalem April 29, 2010 - 7:02 pm

Actually yes Reuben. I dont think the desert Egyptian army can fight in the tiring altitude highlands of Ethiopia. This is why we were never colonized. If the Italias couldnt do it, then damn it NO Egyptian will do it either.

Zelalem Alemu April 30, 2010 - 12:03 am

but the time changes now I don’t think there will be any close war they might use their missiles and air force to distroy things. and we dont know if we have a good airforce equal or atleast which can defend us if there is any war.


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