Tigrai Online - June 18, 2013
Since the Egyptian politicians were caught discussing how to sabotage the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam last month, there have been a big back clash from the Ethiopian people in particular and the African people in general and the rest of the world.
The Sudanese people and government made their support to Ethiopia in a very clear term. Sudanese information minister and government spokesperson Ahmed Bilal Osman confirmed his governments stand last week saying Sudan would benefit from the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and stressed that Ethiopia has informing Sudan in all operations associated with the dam building.
Last week President Yoweri Museveni of Ugnda has sternly warned the Egyptian “government and other groups” against making “chauvinist and irrational statements” “It is therefore advisable that the new government of Egypt doesn’t repeat the mistakes of the past [Egyptian] regimes.”he added.
Tehran Times one of the biggest Iranian websites published a great analysis about the brewing conflict between Ethiopia and Egypt. The writer Finian Cunningham, an Irish author and media commentator argued on behalf Ethiopia.
“That raises the further question: why is president Morsi making such a big deal about Ethiopia’s Blue Nile project? The answer may be less to do with Ethiopia diverting water and more to do with Morsi diverting political problems within his own country. Later this month, on 30 June, there is a mass opposition rally planned in Cairo to mark the first anniversary of Morsi taking office. The Muslim Brotherhood president has seen a very rocky first year in power, with many Egyptians not happy with his policies since he took over from the ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak.” he said.
Further down the Irish man completely and utterly demolishes the biggest pillar of the Egyptians argument – the colonial treats. He says “The legal rights that modern-day Egypt refers to are, therefore, the legacy of British colonialism that was designed to disadvantage poor black African nations for the benefit of British capital in Egypt and Sudan. In other words, from a modern-day democratic and ethical point of view, the Nile treaty that Egypt lionizes is not worth the British blood-spattered colonial-era paper it is written”.
Ethiopia was not invited to participate in the colonial treaty negotiations and NEVER SIGNED ANY TREATS regarding the Nile River.
Our Irish friend concluded his great article in the Iranian website by saying; “Instead of declaring war and threatening to send in commandos to blow up Ethiopia’s nascent dam project, Egypt’s president Morsi should step back and view the bigger picture, not just for the sake of Ethiopians, but also for the sake of his country’s long-term dependence on the continued viability of the Blue Nile. Then Morsi might realize that all his reckless bellicose rhetoric towards Ethiopia is ‘dam stupid’.”
The last country and people to add their support to the Ethiopian people and the Ethiopian blessed project are our brothers and sisters form Republic of Somaliland.
In an article published on Somalilandsun.com they made it abundantly clear that if war breaks out between Ethiopia and Egypt they will stand by Ethiopia. “The people and the leadership of Ethiopia have decided to stand up for their rights to utilise the Blue Nile waters. The construction of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam has provoked the Egyptians who again started the rhetoric of war against Ethiopia.
The people of Somaliland will pay back the favour to the Ethiopians by standing with them on any Egyptian aggression. This could include the free flow of weapons to Ethiopia through Berbera port or the use of Berbers airport by the Ethiopian war-planes. Somaliland could also supply plenty of meat to Ethiopia keeping in mind that Somaliland has tens of millions of livestock.”
The point is Egyptians are chewing more than they can swallow. Ethiopians are not trying to harm Egypt in any way, but they are working hard to get out of poverty by utilizing their God given resources within their border including River Nile.