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South Sudan rejects Egyptís monopoly on Nile waters

Tigrai Online March 21, 2013

Nile Basin Countries celebrate Nile Day in Bahr Dar
. Ethiopia contributes more than 85% of the total Nile waters and Egypt contributes none.

In a final blow to Egypt’s hopeless argument that it has exclusive rights to the Nile waters the youngest country in East Africa; South Sudan has expressed its opposition to a 1959 Nile Water agreements between Sudan and Egypt.

Ethiopia which never signed the 1959 Nile Water agreements has been spear heading the fight against the unjust agreement that gave Egypt and Sudan almost all the rights of the Nile waters. The late Prime Minister of Ethiopia Meles Zenaw rammed through Egypt’s systematic political and diplomatic roadblocks to bring all the upper stream countries of the Nile together and sign a brand new document called Cooperative Framework agreement.

Egypt has been using military threats, diplomatic connection and meddling in the internal affairs of Ethiopia to stop the Ethiopian people from using their god given resource. Ethiopia contributes a little more than 85% of the total Nile waters and Egypt contributes none 0% but Egypt wants to use over 60% of the Nile waters.

South Sudan said it was already getting ready to join the Cooperative Framework agreement, which Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania signed in 2010, and later Burundi in 2011.

"South Sudan does not recognize - and underline does not recognize – the content of the 1959 agreement,” said Water and Irrigation minister Paul Mayom Akech.

“Having been under Sudan at the time, we could not say anything, today we say, we have nothing to do with this agreement,” the minister said.

The 1959 document gives Egypt the right to veto any project it didn’t like in any of the riparian countries.

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