Ethiopia army voices readiness to pay the price for Nile dam

Ethiopian army voiced their readiness to 'protect' the country's hydroelectric dam project.

Ethiopia army voices readiness to pay the price for Nile dam
World Bulletin / News Desk
A host of Ethiopian army commanders have voiced their readiness to protect the country's multibillion-dollar hydroelectric dam project, currently at the heart of a major row with Cairo due to Egyptian fears the dam could threaten its traditional share of Nile water.
State-run television reported that military commanders had visited the project site, during which they had voiced their readiness to "pay the price" to protect the dam, which they described as a "national project."

According to state television, the visit – the first by military commanders to the site – came as part of activities marking Ethiopia's Army Day.

Relations between Egypt and Ethiopia soured last year over a plan by the latter to build its Grand Renaissance Dam on the upper reaches of the Nile River – which has historically represented Egypt's main source of water.

The controversial project raised alarm bells in Egypt, the Arab world's most populous country, which fears a reduction of its traditional share of Nile water.

Water distribution among Nile Basin states has long been regulated by a colonial-era agreement granting Egypt and Sudan the lion's share of the river's water.

Ethiopia, for its part, is determined to build a series of dams in order to generate electricity, both for local consumption and export.

Addis Ababa insists the new dam will benefit downstream states Sudan and Egypt, which will be invited to purchase the electricity thus generated.

Last week, Egyptian Water Resources and Irrigation Minister Mohamed Abdel-Muttalib said that Egypt was leaving "all options are open" in dealing with the project.

"Ethiopian decision-makers must bring a solution to the table that won't compromise Egypt's share of water," Abdel-Muttalib had told Anadolu Agency.

Local Egyptian media recently quoted Irrigation Ministry spokesman Khalid Wasif as saying that Egypt would take its complaints against the Ethiopian dam project to the "international" level.

In response, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said his country would "win politically" if Egypt insisted on international arbitration.
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Abraham - 7 yıl Before

Corrupt and military government of Egypt whose intention is to misinform its citizen and to put their interest ahead of the people of Egypt.We know most business is owned by the military and water wastage is the number one problem.Ethiopia should make signing of the Entebi agreement a precondition for any meeting. The issue will become more of an Egypt corrupt government and on the other side, the subsaharan countries who was denied their natural resource by the treaty of the European.

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Anteneh - 7 yıl Before

First of all, Ethiopia never recognized Egypt's traditional share from day 1 the agreement was signed. Ethiopia will only respect the new quota allocated in the Entebbe agreement (Cooperative Framework Agreement), which is in fact binding to Egypt as the majority of nile basin counties has signed and endorsed it. There lies the only solution for Egypt...."WIN-WIN" solution. So, go and sign it before you are forced to sign it in one way or other way.

Anteneh - 7 yıl Before

Egypt is not really concerned with the renaissance dam impact but its self proclaimed role as "Veto power". It is not a secret that ethiopia will build a series of dams. If Ethiopia builds without egypt's permission, others will follow and egypts role as a veto power is at stake. Wake up, guys. The Entebbe agreement already granted the nile basin countries to use their quota of nile in a "WIN-WIN" way. We swim together or sink together as once our late PM Meles Zenawi said.

Liban - 7 yıl Before

Egypt waste more water than any other African country. If they have some brain on their fat bellies, they would first think how to use efficiently the water that reach them. After all, Ethiopia can rendered that water unusable by adding deadly bacteria or putting radioactive wastes into it, which paralyze Egypt completely.

Fiat - 7 yıl Before

we know some egyptians have an old-fashioned idea.

Muluneh - 7 yıl Before

I think Egyptians should know how desperate Ethiopians these days. We are done with the negative impression about us where ever we go and we will protect our dam with whatever resource we have including War. But wish Egyptians must know that they don't own all of it and must use with other Nile basin countries. War will not help every body but if it happens I don't think Egyptian polititians will guarantee their people about the future of Nile.