Tigrai Online - June 13, 2013
The Ethiopian parliament ratified the new Nile River Cooperative Framework Agreement also known us the Entebbe Agreement. The Ethiopian 547 parliament unanimously endorsed the accord on Thursday June 13, 2013.
The new cooperative agreement is signed by Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. DRC Congo and South Sudan are ready to sign the agreement. The new document replaces the old colonial era treaty which was signed by Egypt, Sudan and the British government on behalf of their African colonies. Ethiopia never signed any document and has nothing to do with the colonial treaty.
The Egyptians are hang up on the treaty their colonial masters created for them with out consulting or asking the main source of the Nile waters, Ethiopia. 86% of the Nile water comes from hundreds of rivers on the highlands of Ethiopia. Not a single drop of water is contributed from Egypt or the British, how did they decide to own a natural resource that does not belong to them?
Ethiopia who is not signatory to the colonial mambo jumbo is building the largest hydro electric dam on the Blue Nile River. The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which is costing Ethiopia about $4.7 billion us dollars, will generate 6000 MW which is equivalent to six nuclear power plants of energy when completed. Ethiopia does not recognize any legal or historical Egyptian right to the Blue Nile waters and will not ask for permission from Egypt or any other nation with what it does within it’s sovereign borders.
If the Egyptians have any concerns about the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam or any other projects on the Nile, they should sign the new cooperative agreement and address any issues they have through that channel.
The Ethiopian Government and people have been more than patient with Egypt for so long but the Egyptians didn’t appreciate any of it. Ethiopian Minister of Water and Energy Alemayehu Tegenu told parliament that Ethiopia made two bold decisions concerning the dam. The first, he said, was to postpone ratification of the agreement by a year to accommodate Egypt's request for time until an elected government was in place.
"The second one was to let experts, including from Egypt and Sudan, inspect our Renaissance Dam," he said. "No other country does this but we did it in cooperation and friendly spirit. But we are seeing how our good intentions are being responded to. We can no longer wait. We need to go ahead with the ratification.”