Ethiopia’s power dam dominates headlines on Egyptian papers

1 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

by Heba Helmy, Egypt Independent

News about Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam and Cairo’s fears over its water supply continued to dominate Thursday’s headlines in Egypt. Meanwhile, the controversy surrounding the judicial authority law returned to the front pages as judges have planned a strike.

State-owned paper Al-Akhbar reports that Egypt would lose a quarter of its water supply every year during which the path of the Blue Nile, one of the Nile’s two major tributaries, remains altered.

The country depends on the Nile River for 85 percent of its water supply. The megaproject, however, is expected to deprive Egyptians of 12 billion cubic meters of water per year, according to a report published by a tripartite committee made up of experts from Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia.

The privately-owned Al-Shorouk newspaper reports that Egypt may resort to a “diplomacy weapon” if it cannot reach common ground with Ethiopia. The paper quotes diplomatic sources who say that Egypt could seek assistance from the Arab League to resolve the crisis.

Privately owned Al-Tahrir paper writes that Pope Tawadros II, head of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church, refuted claims that the president’s office had asked him to pressure the Ethiopian government to back away from its decision.

Tawadros told the paper that the Ethiopian and Egyptian Churches share strong historical ties, but that this does not signify that he has the authority to interfere in the decisions of the Ethiopian authorities.

The paper also talks about the role of the Muslim Brotherhood’s leaders, and it concludes that they want a military intervention. It also criticizes the government’s diplomatic approach in trying to resolve the issue.

“Egypt is not weak and it is more than capable of handling the situation if military intervention is needed,” Osama Soliman, member of the Islamist-dominated Shura council, told Al-Tahrir.

Saber Aboul Fatouh, leader of the Freedom and Justice Party, echoed the same sentiment. He suggests that military planes bomb the dam to ensure the country does not suffer from an acute water shortage.

One Response to “Ethiopia’s power dam dominates headlines on Egyptian papers”

  1. diakonmatewos June 13, 2013 at 01:06 #

    egypt is better to think more on the case.Because they reflects that ethiopian people is very simple in their eyes.But in case of patrotism in ethiopia there is no fear rather than petiency.

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