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The Renaissance Dam V. Fallouts of the Nile Water Agreement, 1959

Tigrai Online - June 25, 2013

Dr Slman Mohamed Ahmed Salman
Egypt repeats that it supports the right of the Nile Basin states to exploiting the Nile water

Egypt repeats that it supports the right of the Nile Basin states to exploiting the Nile water for the purpose of economic development in those states on condition, Egypt stated, that this would not impair a single drop of water flowing to Egypt!!

These statements go beyond that when President Mohamed Mursy declares that Egypt “will defend with blood every drop of the Nile water. If a single drop decreases, our blood will be the substitute.” The similarity between the two statements is that they are contradictory and illogical.

Ethiopia knew that the Sudan and Egypt had decided to conduct negotiations on distribution of the Nile water since their first meeting in 1954 and sent messages to both countries in June 1955 demanding participation in the negotiations. The two countries ignored this Ethiopian demand, prompting Ethiopia to send another memorandum to Egypt and the Sudan on 23 September 1957. In this memorandum, Ethiopia made reference to a previous statement that was issued on June 13, 1956 on its rights in the Nile water. However, Egypt and the Sudan continued ignoring the Ethiopian demand and upon the signing by Egypt and the Sudan of Nile Water Agreement on June 8, 1959, Ethiopia sent memoranda to the two countries and the United Nations declaring full opposition to the agreement and stressing its rights in the Nile water.

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