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Can nations find ways to share water to avoid conflict? – The science perspective

29 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by John H. Lienhard and Kenneth M. Strzepek

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — On the Blue Nile in Ethiopia, construction is underway on a public works project of gigantic physical proportions and exquisite political delicacy. The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, now about halfway finished, amounts to a test: With water becoming precious enough to be the stuff of war, can nations find ways to share it?
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Ethiopia urges Nile nations to ratify deal opposed by Egypt

21 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

by Staff Writers, Juba (AFP)

Ethiopia used a regional meeting Thursday aimed to promote cooperation over the Nile river to urge other nations to ratify a controversial water deal fiercely opposed by Egypt.
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Ethiopia invites Morsi for talks, with no agenda on halting its Blue Nile dam construction

7 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

Addis Ababa moves forward with construction of Grand Renaissance Dam; Egypt officials claim more studies needed to assess risk

Ethiopia will press ahead with the construction of its Grand Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile River, officials said Thursday, the day after Egypt warned “all options are open” if its water supply is affected.
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Morsi offers clarification Ethiopia sought from Egypt in an interview on state media

7 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

In exclusive statements to Al-Ahram, President Morsi stresses Egypt’s insistence on maintaining traditional share of Nile water while also stressing country’s interest in maintaining friendly relations with African states

In an interview with state daily Al-Ahram published late Thursday evening, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi said that, while Egypt had a “keen interest” in maintaining friendly relations with African states – especially Sudan and Ethiopia – it was also keen not to risk losing a “single drop of Nile water.”
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Mohamed Morsi: Outflanked by crises

6 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

by Dina Ezzat

As the first anniversary of his presidency approached, Mohamed Morsi was expected to face a strong show of discontent. Then suddenly things got worse.

Ethiopia’s weekend announcement that it is diverting the course of the Blue Nile, a preliminary move in the construction of a mega dam that many experts fear will reduce Egypt’s share of Nile water, was the beginning of a bad week for President Mohamed Morsi. The issue evolved into a terribly confused situation following the broadcast of a meeting that Morsi hosted at the presidential palace on Monday with a group of Islamist and liberal political figures to discuss the Ethiopian move.
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Diplomacy is the key; diversion of Blue Nile has come as wake-up call

6 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

by Doaa El-Bey

“The official reaction to the crisis is beyond my understanding. They did not even attempt to show a minimum degree of anger,” said Taha, a microbus driver in Cairo, in reaction to Addis Ababa’s decision to divert the Blue Nile.

Taha’s statement is a reflection of the popular reaction in Egypt that has been surprised by the country’s official reaction, which has appeared to be indifferent to the Ethiopian decision.
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Egypt, Ethiopia and the new dam: How best to serve Cairo’s interests

6 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

by Adel Amer, Director, Al-Masryeen Centre for Strategic Studies, Cairo

The Ethiopian dam project could constitute a threat to Egypt, but only if Ethiopia is pushed into going it alone, instead of being coaxed onto a different path by genuine cooperative aid.

Ethiopia has begun operations to divert a portion of the Blue Nile preparatory to the construction of a major dam. Although this project had been anticipated for many years and in spite of repeated assurances from Addis Ababa that it would not affect Egypt, the Ethiopian decision to commence operations triggered anger and alarm among Egyptian public opinion, reactions reminiscent of the Iraqi and Syrian responses to the Ataturk Dam project many years ago.
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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.
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