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What’s behind the Egypt-Ethiopia Nile dispute? | Start Here

2020 5/19
What's behind the Egypt-Ethiopia Nile dispute? | Start Here

Ethiopia has been building a new hydroelectric dam that’s promising to revive its economy and bring electricity to millions of people in mostly rural areas.
But the Grand Renaissance Dam has its critics. Mainly Egypt, which says its water supply is in danger, and its people depend on that flow for consumption and farming.
In the past, the two countries have made threats about military action and so far, talks to reach some kind of deal over how to share the Nile’s waters have not gone far.
So why exactly can’t the two sides come to an agreement?
Start Here explains one of the most important disputes in Africa right now.

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  • Dewan Muhammad says:

    She is beautiful

  • chinaapply says:

    I dont understand, there are already have 3 big Dams, how can Ethiopia not alow to build one more.

  • Ahmed Saied says:

    the dispute is on how many years to fill in the dam reserve not to deeply affect water running to Egypt.
    but for Egyptian people, it feels like Ethiopian officials have a hidden agenda and they try to cover it up by deliberately sabotaging the negotiations and waging propaganda to demonize Egypt.
    just for the record, 99% of the water that makes Egypt alive is coming from the Nile.

  • Kenneth Yu says:

    @4:31 you know what I mean 😅

  • A1Googler says:

    This video started off with “the problem the dam…”

    No, the dam is not the problem. The problem is water resources and management.

    Unfortunately, Egypt has for decades taken a monopoly over Nile waters from colonial era. They took more than their share, engaged in wasteful projects, and exploded their population in desert area that was never meant to support those masses.

    That’s the problem. Fix that.

  • Rizwan Khan says:

    I support Egypt in their struggle to stop Ethopia building renaissance Dam.

  • shreekant kumar sahu says:

    IT’S ETHIOPIA’s RIVER , AND ETHIOPIA HAVE TO DECIDED WHAT DO WITH THID WATER NOT EGYPT.

  • ALI Rashidy says:

    We know Egyptians better than they think I support Ethiopia any day

  • Fawad Shah says:

    Iran nuclear program and the palestine issue plz upload

  • sug omi says:

    Egypt needs birth control. Scratch that. A one child policy. 100 million people in desert entirely dependent on one river?!Seriously?!

  • Sebesebe Geburhana says:

    A dam is ethiopian .Nile river from ethiopia so how is it eggipt will getting power to fight . Ethiopian economic project not for eggipt. If you talking about pupultion growing olso our pupultion growing more than eggipt. If looking economic eggipt they high quality economic in Africa. So what world thinging about as ethiopian. a Dam is ethiopian economic bases. a dam is life of ethiopian.

  • Sebesebe Geburhana says:

    Eggipt can not giving insrcation for ethiopian about Nile river and for the dam. It’s our Dam no one can stop as to make our project thanks

  • Patriotic MEDIA says:

    We don’t care who wins this Nile war we are spectators

  • Stephen Mbaho says:

    Actually most of the Nile’s water evaporates more in Egypt than Ethiopia. Egyptian heat doesn’t spare the Nile’s water. Also Egypt likes the Nile but it never takes care of it….the same way one would milk a cow that he never feeds. Egyptians spend more time in middle east than they do in Africa. They literally know nothing about the Nile apart from benefitting from its water. Also most light skinned Egyptians have a feeling that they are superior than black Africans and this makes them feel that they can do anything in Africa because they have backup of Saudi, UAE ete. This time round Africa is awake, Ethiopia will build its dam and if they try to fight, Africa will stand with Ethiopians because it’s their right to use their resources the way they want. The dam is constructed on Ethiopian soil not Egyptian soil.

    • ϥⲣⲁⲟⲛ says:

      North Africa support Egypt
      China and other outside countries support Egypt which you know they are powerfull than Ethiopia

    • Stephen Mbaho says:

      @ϥⲣⲁⲟⲛ yes! you are right because it’s your opinion as a none Afrikan. Not every Egypyian today is Afrikan. For modern Egyptians being an Afrikan is optional, I understand your point. You have no connection with Afrikan roots apart from settling on her soil and benefiting from it. But I guarantee you that you can never despise a small man in his own house! I have seen nations and leaders fall because of ego, arrogance and pride.

  • Tamirat Lapiso says:

    Are you really practising journalism?Do you know the meaning of “historical right” under international water law?Is there such a legal concept?Do you know that states have sovereignty over resources in their territory as per international laws?You can’t claim resources beyond your boundary?You have to learn how diplomatic relationship functions.If you need something,you have to pay for it.There is not free lunch,you fake news Al jezra!

    • The One says:

      Ethiopia owns the Blue Nile 100%

  • M.M Mohamed says:

    Viva Ethiopia Agaree

  • The One says:

    If Egypt’s farmland survive the
    effects of the construction of Aswan Dam then they should also survive the effects of the contruction of the Rennaisance Dam in Ethiopia.

  • mirza moiz baig says:

    Egypt Will Destroyed When Nile Dried Up and Yemen Will Destroyed By King And Locusts Prophet Muhammad SWS Prophecy

  • B B says:

    Modern Egyptians are fighting Babylon prophecy, you dimwits are fighting a war that isn’t yours

  • Flame Thrower says:

    Well the Egyptians steal the land in 640 AD from the African black kemet! You reap what you sow. Its pay back for what they have done it’s not their land and not their history get out of Egypt and give black ppl back their land.

  • Mohammed Kassim says:

    It is our river our land.Lets keep in mind 85% of Nile water comes from Ethiopia.We together will finish It.

  • Butina Butinas says:

    Sorry for this unfair and unethical report siding Egypt. Why don’t you uncover the opportunity Ethiopia has lost all these time in the past for the fact that Ethiopia couldn’t use the Nile river water neither for hydro electric power generation nor for irrigation. Why don’t you present the amount of money Ethiopia looses as the number of years to fill the dam gets longer and longer.
    Let me bring to you something that has never come to your mind. All Egypt’s vast farm land is the making of Ethiopia. The Nile river brings a huge amount fertile soil eroded from the high lands of Ethiopia year in year out. Otherwise , Egypt’s farm land is just a barren desert.
    Egypt has conspired and exerted all its power and means available this to happen on Ethiopia . Egypt wants to secure its exclusive use the of Nile river. How on earth one can image this is possible in the 21st century that all the riparian countries, especially Ethiopia that contributes for more than 85% of the Nile water , have no any right to use the water that emanates from their own land.
    It is high time for Egypt to accept a Win -Win option that all the Nile riparian countries have forwarded before it is too late. Irrespective of the fact Egypt accept the proposal Ethiopia has forwarded on the construction and operation of the Great Renaissance Dam , the construction of the dam continues and other development projects, including irrigation , follow on the Nile itself and its tributaries in the near future.

  • Eden Woubet says:

    I don’t wish war because of this dam, I don’t want ppl dying whether Ethiopian or Egyptian pls stop attacking each other in the comments all we’re doing it’s bringing more hate towards each other! Egypt is part of Africa therefore makes them our African brothers whether they choose the Middle East over us and stop saying Ethiopia will lose to Egypt because you guys are a strong country, I promise you that will not make you win the war. Ethiopia didn’t win the war between Italy and them because they have power (because Italy was stronger than us) they won because god was on there side 🙏.this world is greedy and full of hate! If Egypt shows u hate because ur African black showing hate back does not make u the bigger person but rather jus the same as them .before anyone comes for me in the comments yes I am Ethiopian I love my African brothers that we’re defending us in the comments ❤️

    • sam sam says:

      You are a fool. Egyptians are ARAB not AFRICAN! They are not our brothers! Wake up to the real world. Why do you think they ran to America and the Arab union if they are “African”?!?

  • Foadjemal Hassen says:

    Thnk you everyone from ethiopia we have been sefering for years

    • ϥⲣⲁⲟⲛ says:

      It’s not Egypt fault for your suffering all you do is blame other people for your suffering like saying Europeans ruined you but it was a long time ago and you still in corruption

  • Foadjemal Hassen says:

    why are most of the arabs so selfish? they should be greatful for using it for zelions of years

  • Mamush Taye says:

    Why missed mentioning about Ethiopia’s drought? No Egyptians pay for their household water usage , they produce vegetables , fruits to export , why can’t they minimise the waste they instead of complaining? 132km reservoir which u can emagine how much vapour in a year ?

    99%of Egyptians have access to electricity. However , Ethiopians pays water bills , couldn’t use irrigation, only 45% of Ethiopians have access to electricity. So why is it so difficult to understand unless and otherwise They wanted Ethiopians to stay poor . That idea of the colonial time agreement were not our problem and will not in future . We were poor to build the dam before but will not be the same Ever . We are capable to build more dam and no one can stop us from it as we do it in our money , and in our country .and we never put Egyptians at risk . The only solution to be on the table from Egyptians should be 50/50 solutions with Sudan and ethiopia and other neighbouring country . They shouldn’t try to stop unstoppable. That’s was history and past forever . If they try Wrong move they will be a looser and we will be the …. as always !!!!

  • Abdulahi Mohamed says:

    57 Islamic Countries Support Egypt

  • Ibrahim Were says:

    Kenya supports Ethiopia 100%

  • jarry ceff says:

    How Egypt compromising work..

    in 1929 Egypt style fair deal

    Egypt get 100% Nile water
    Sudan and Ethiopia get zero % Nile water

    improved Egyptian style compromising fair deal of 1959.

    Egypt get 75% Nile water
    Sudan get 25% Nile water
    Ethiopia get zero % Nile water

    i dont know how those wicked Ethiopian want more then zero % of share of the Nile water …. even so they r the one who source of the black Nile 100%…..

    • ϥⲣⲁⲟⲛ says:

      It’s the blue Nile it’s in blue do you see in black and white?

    • Kuma Tulu says:

      @ϥⲣⲁⲟⲛ Ethiopian call it black Nile. Blue Nile and red sea doesn’t make sense

  • RAJESH upadhyay says:

    Look every dam built has a purpose ………its not just electricity ……….
    ♒♒♒♒♒♒♒♒♒♒♒♒♒♒ ♒♒ ♒♒♒♒
    We are calculating our RISK BASED ON COMPUTER ANALOG
    in a particular thought …….like as if there is Enemity between EGYPT & ETHYOPIA………

    FACT IS CENTRAL POINT IS RIVER NILE============

    THINK LIKE THIS THAT RIVER NILE IS GOD ……….AS LORD SHIVA

    And two FEMALE lovers are PRAYING TO LORD SHIVA for same male as Husband…….

    So one FEMALE LOVER IS ETYIOPIA & ANOTHER IS EGYPT……….both are young and talented………

    Ok
    Now come on the thought without Computer ANALOG RISK CALCULATIONS………..

    LISTEN DAM IS BEEN BUILT AS SECURITY………(5 BILLION USA DOLLARS MEANS APPROXIMATELY 37500 crores indian ruppes)

    So a COUNTRY LIKE ETYOPIA IS SPENDING SUCH A HUGE FUND (Must be from IMF & WORLD BANK FINANCES) ♒♒♒♒ SO WHEN A COUNTRY LIKE ETYOPIA SPENDS SUCH AMOUNT ON DAM BUILDING then its not just about CHEAP SUPPLY OF ELECTRICITY TO IT’S COUNTRY……….. they know that they will EARN PROFIT & REPAY THE LOANS IN 20 OR 30 YEARS………THATS NOT A PROBLEM FOR ETYOPIA…….
    ♒♒♒♒♒♒♒♒♒♒♒♒♒♒
    CALCULATION HERE IS ON EXTREME ENDS;;;;;;;;;;;;

    1)FIRST ETHYOPIA & EGYPT are not ENEMY COUNTRIES……

    2) Its like two different female LOVER’s of same male are in 2 different homes under 2 different PATERNAL parents …….

    SO ALL CALCULATIONS are on extreme end on STORING NILE RIVER WATER IN DAMS & DEPLETING FLOW OF WATER TO EGYPT………

    THIS IS HYPOTHETICAL ANSWER……….LOGICALLY

    NILE IS A PERENNIAL RIVER SYSTEM …….IT WILL NEVER DRY UP EVER IN NEAR FUTURE…………….

    SECONDLY STORED WATER IN ETHYOPIAN DAMS WILL HAVE TO RELEASE THE WATER MANY TIMES…….DURING RAINY SEASON OR FLOOOOOOD SITUATION ………….SO THE EXTREME CALCULATION WORKS ONLY ♒♒♒♒ WHEN THERE IS DROUGHT FOR
    10 YEARS IN THE REASON AND NILE WATER DRY DOWN………

    ITS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN……..THE PROJECT IS WAY AHEAD AT LEAST 100 YEARS AS ON 28—4(APRIL)2020

    THINK BIG THINK MORE…..DO NOT SCARE CITIZENS & POLITICIANS AS POLICY MAKERS AT PARLIAMENTS
    UN-NECESSARILY…………..

  • RAJESH upadhyay says:

    All egyptian females are not accepted as RU68 FAMILY MEMBERS…………its very selected……….on individual possession………

  • Gabe Segun says:

    So what’s it to dislike in this video unless you are from………

  • jarry ceff says:

    Gamal Abdel Nasser Quote

    “What was taken by force, can only be restored by force.”

    Anwar Sadat Quote

    There is no happiness for people at the expense of other people. Anwar Sadat

    Hosni Mubarak quote

    please post Hosni mubarak quotes about Nile river

    Mohammed Morsi quote

    If our share of Nile water decreases, our blood will be the alternative

    Meles Zenawi Quote

    “If Egypt is a gift of the Nile, then the Nile is a gift of Ethiopia.”

  • gedlu solomon says:

    ethiopia started the dam project not in the period of egypetian political crisis that is before.

  • I Security says:

    It’s simple how much water left over yearly in Egypt? They do not use 100% of there water? So why are they worried about 20% shortage? Something else behind this or they just cain like..abel don’t let cain strike you again before you slap out headside?

  • Shravan Poonja says:

    Islam

  • Peter Hedlöf says:

    Jews Vs Islam its just an endless struggle between THE religions.

  • Donat says:

    I support Egypt from Kazakhstan 🇰🇿♥️🇪🇬

  • Cadde says:

    Do What ever you want to Do Ethopia🇪🇹 We are forever on your side 🇸🇴. Horn of Africa is ☝🏾✊🏾🇪🇹🇸🇴🇪🇷🇩🇯.

  • Franck Class says:

    Egypt really need to think this through. Cuz the nile start on Ethiopia and if the attack it. Ethiopia could simply destroyed the whole Nile. Which then will hurt Egypt badly.

  • Franck Class says:

    she forgot to mention that the flood caused in Sudan us due to Egypt dam.

  • Zaki ER says:

    🇪🇹🇪🇹🇪🇹

  • Alex Master says:

    They should start building a small dam

  • Roba Roba says:

    Egyptians are Longtime enemies of Ethiopian, Ethiopia is the have right to use their own resources, f*** haters, we believe in God and only God can judge!!!!

  • mikiyas alem says:

    We are African we work together

  • Ta Hesi says:

    I”m from Trinidad and I support Ethiopia on this one. It’s their God given right to use their natural resource to their people’s benefit. For 2500 years outsiders and invaders have been sucking Africa dry. Rise up Africa.

  • PEMA GyaMJo says:

    Isn’t UNO take out its hand to solve the problem? It may turn into third world war. We must b aware

  • Ahlu Sunnah says:

    I mean i don’t hate Egypt but since the river begins from Ethiopia and they’re over 100m+ people living in poverty, why not they don’t have the right to take advantage from their own natural resource?

  • Liyu Work says:

    it’s time to Ethiopia God bless Ethiopia

  • Karl Max says:

    Wow. What a weak and biased journalist. Get another job.

  • Adane Mekonnen says:

    We Ethiopians are united more than ever to finish the dam. We will make it happen.

  • zelalem arch says:

    No One can stopes we are Ethiopian

  • Q Co says:

    Pot s and friend’s friend. B and Business manager and business employee.

  • Q Co says:

    Cheektowaga Mall $250 US.

  • Beka Raya says:

    How it’s catastrophic for Egypt? Rather tell them how to use Nile.

  • Beka Raya says:

    When is their a drought in Ethiopia are they allow us to stop the water???

  • J D says:

    To you Egyptians.. talk about oil. Ethiopia not your “dam” friend, learn to negotiate.

  • Aklil Mesele says:

    Ethiopians are acting responsibly… Here your analysis is not telling the truth. We have the right to benefit from our river. Paranoid!!!

  • Hassan Mostafa says:

    It’s so sad to see that everyone now stays against Egypt. We have never been a source of trouble or conflict. We never conquered or invaded or stole lands or anything. We always got Africa’s back; in good times and bad times, we had a civilisation built on science and ethics, and we served this humanity so much! We helped some African countries with their colonizers to free them, we have millions of African refugees who are welcome and live with their rights as same ss Egyptians. And in modern days we just live peacefully in a calm, quiet peace of land wich is trying to solve its problems and get better once more, and now when we face the problem that threatens our lives you just abandon us and stand against us so easy? Now we are selfish? Now we are the ones who’s trying to make conflicts and hurt Ethiopia? So Ethiopia that wrecklessly builds a dam that could kill us is an angel, and we trying to defend ourselves are so bad? Thank you Africa ❤

    • hamo hema says:

      البقاء للاقوى يا حسن التاريخ طول عمره بيقول كده كل الكومنتات من اثيوبيا وافريقيا والسودان ضدنا عشان طول عمرهم حاسين بالنقص اتجاه حضارتنا والغيره مننا عشان كده لازم نبان ان احنا اقوياء ونلملم صفوفنا وندافع عن نفسنا وفى نفس الوقت لازم يبقى عندك البديل ونشوف مصدر مياه اخر سواء تحليه او مياه جوفيه عشان لما ناخد قرار نبقى واقفين على ارض صلبه

  • Ali heikal says:

    I like how people are missing the point
    We egyptions aren’t against the dam but against it being filled so quickly in 3 or 4 years we are asking for 10 or 11 years which is the normal amount
    We are all Africans here and poor we shouldn’t be doing this
    Just built it and fill it in 10 years which is very reasonable
    Building it and filling in 4 years or 5 years will destroy egypt which would led to war and no one is wining in a war both are losing people

  • Adunia yasin says:

    Egypt should be so thankful ethiopea was asleep until today. Ethiopean people deserve and can do what ever they see fit in their own sovereignty

  • Zelalem xyz says:

    If it is drought in Egypt, let them deal with it, Ethiopian dam will hold water for Ethiopians, It is not another Egyptian dam in Ethiopia territory built by Ethiopians for Egyptian water interest. Aljazera news channel is one of the main streams from Arab leagues, we don’t expect you to be fair on both sides No matter what nation said, we build this dam and use it for any purpose, we don’t need certificates from any country to use our natural resources in our own territory. If Egyptian politicians treat our blood would be alternative to stop using the dam, that would be weeding for Ethiopians.

  • Emanuel G says:

    hopefully, Ethiopia will build the dam

  • Matthew MAMO says:

    It is the time for Ethiopia to use Nile!.

  • chala mohammed says:

    You heard the man no Force

  • Michael says:

    I don’t like how she sound thrilled about the subject, this can cause and result in major issues

  • A-Z Z says:

    The power shift is not the motive of Ethiopia. But poverty reduction is obvious.

  • Abdrhmn Mohamed says:

    It’s our right to use our resources. And no power can stop us from doing that.

  • Mr abrham Abrham says:

    Ethiopia is going to fill the dam soon. Ethiopians also prepare themselves for any possible attack that may comes from Egypt.But We know Egypt is all talk and do nothing.Talking the whole year and defeated in hours time in the battle field (refer 6 days war…1967 )

  • Lark Noone says:

    Let it be war!
    Let war determine who is right.

  • Kidus Ashenafi says:

    it is our water we do want we want it is not your business 💪💪💪

  • Dj Natty says:

    No more Egypt 🇪🇬 Ethiopian time 😊😊😊😊

  • Elias Abdo says:

    It’s a big risk for Ethiopia as a lot of Arab countries plus the US support Egypt, they’re are more economically, military advanced

  • אלי קייקוב says:

    Egypt is right. 100 million people are living on the shores of the nile and the delta. The country is surrounded by the sahara desert. Building of this dam will cause to hundreds of thousands of deaths, poverty and diseases. Egypt is an important gro political country. The whole world is supposed to support Egypt. Love to Egypt. إلى كل مصريين♥️🇪🇬♥️🇪🇬

  • ibrahim abdul says:

    Ethiopia is not selling itself as much as it should, like this big mouth Egypt.

  • Melese Chego says:

    it is not possible to stop Ethiopia. We Ethiopians don’t accept unfair and colonial agreements on Nile water. we have a right to use our natural resources. period!

  • KïïñG HÅB says:

    thanks bro

  • KïïñG HÅB says:

    Egyptian was under colony of Britain for a long time, and still thinking in colonialist mentality. Africans support Ethiopia to use her right.

  • Tereraw Chala says:

    Egypt is surrounded by water. Mediterranean Sea and Red Sea. Ethiopia over 100 million people has no water access and has a shortage of resources. For Ethiopian people the Dam is a matter of survival. Why Egypt is not using the water in its own land rather than look thousands of miles from its border ?

  • ciaranbrk says:

    Ethiopia has every right to build their dam. The water should be divided up by population. What I see is Egypt needs to update its water irrigation systems perhaps borrowing ideas from countries like what Brazilian farmers a did with drip irrigation.

  • NDARANBEIN NDARASI says:

    We Ethiopans are ready for any things 💪💪💪💪
    Mama Ethiopa 💚💛❤

  • Jacob L says:

    We need stronger African Union

  • mark wood says:

    This electricity power will empower not just Ethiopia but also all the neighbouring countries and will cut poverty to zero

  • I N says:

    Start Here, has been unbiased and insightful for every topic covered. It is rare as it is essential to the world in our day and age.

  • HisShadow says:

    So how long until Egypt bombs the dam?

  • Cheerful Different Classical says:

    Ethiopia has right to use the water!!!

  • Sammy the great says:

    Build that dam love Ethiopia from Eritrea💝

  • Truneh Yirga says:

    Ethiopia knows what is her’s and has no intention to harm any country.
    When looking the whole thing it is absolute arrogance for Egypt to beat the war drum,,, Ethiopia has the right to use its God-given natural resource in any form,,,,, doesn’t need permission from anyone.
    However, we know very well Egypt’s fear is not the shortage of water, but it is the prosperity Ethiopia might gain from the Grand Renaissance Dam.
    This is not the first time Egypt went to war with Ethiopia to control the Nile River. Egypt should have learned from her hard lessons from the past,,, If they want to cross that red line again let it be,,,, Our history is clear, we Ethiopians can stand for any adversary let alone Egypt.

  • Eyasu Gemechu says:

    We are support Ethiopia

  • Demelash Tadese says:

    It is our dam on our land, that has been constructed using our resources and capital. We will not go back!!!!!!!!!!!! God is with us

  • Eden Ayele says:

    Egypt you better stop what you’re trying to do on our blue Nile the water is our hands it’s easy things to do something on you…

  • Luxury Trading says:

    Water is essential for Life and gifted by nature. Let’s use it to bring happiness rather than bifurcation. Forget the differences and see what happiness it can bring.

  • Eyerusalem Samuel says:

    Go Ethiopia 😘

  • Deje Robi says:

    Next time you talk about Nile get the opinion of Ethiopian talk to us ask us questions don’t spread your selfish Arab doctrine

  • Wordofa Ketema says:

    A clear message to Egyptian media and government
    The Nile River has been used by Egyptians for centuries without acknowledging the ownership of Ethiopians on the river. To the extent, colonizers signed an agreement giving the full right of the Nile River to Egypt and the Sudan without consulting Ethiopia the owner of the river. This reminds me of Ethiopian saying *metifo gorebet eqa yasegezal* means a bad neighbor makes you self-esteem or own property. Ethiopia has been neglected from the use right of the Nile River for centuries but now the time comes to develop and improve our livelihood at large. We are the witness of water as livelihood deadlock when lives of a million in 1970 have vanished and the world eye was on us. It is our right to construct a dam on our water and on our land. Ethiopia supplies over 86% of water to the Nile River whereas it has been denied to build a dam on its water. Egypt is raising the colonial agreement of 1929 and 1959 to stop Ethiopians not to use at all in which Ethiopia was not part of the agreement. There are no international laws that deny Ethiopia for not using its own water resource.
    There are transboundary water resources management principles that are recognized by international convention, judicial decisions and international treaties. One is the theory of limited territorial sovereignty; the principle of equitable and reasonable utilization; an obligation not to cause significant harm; the principles of cooperation, information exchange, notification and consultation; and the peaceful settlement of disputes. Ethiopia is doing its best to do all and use its water in her boundary without causing significant harm to the downstream countries (the Sudan and Egypt). The Ethiopian government is moving in accordance with the international agreements and treaties of transboundary waters. Let me give you one example of how Turkey an upstream country used its international water.
    In 1977, Turkey announced plans for the region’s largest water development project ever, the Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP), which included 22 dams and 19 hydropower projects to be built on the Euphrates–Tigris. This project is intended to provide irrigation, hydropower, and socio-economic development in Turkey. The downstream countries Syrian and Iraq feared that the project will lead to reduced river flows and leave little water for use in their countries’ agricultural and energy projects. Thanks to Turkey their fear was acknowledged and normalized. It is possible to show another example as well. However, the issue of total denial of Egypt’s Ethiopian use of the Nile River is unacceptable and groundless. My advice for Egyptian media and government is to stop unnecessary provocation on Ethiopian people and its great dam. We have humble people, but rationale. We are determined to finish and use it as planned. Thus, no power will stop us from using our water and I urge to come back to negotiation and understanding the situation on the ground. The only solution to such dispute is through peaceful settlement of disputes of all three countries (Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan) on Nile River by the principle that has been endorsed by most modern international conventions, agreements and treaties, e.g. the 1966 Helsinki Rules and 1997 UN Watercourses Convention. Hope we are clear!

  • Yohannes Gemechu says:

    More than 86% of nile water comes from Ethiopia. Even if we contribute the lion`s share to nile we Ethiopians use none from nile. On the contrary, Egypt contributes ZERO to the nile river but uses most of the nile flow. For instance, in 1959, Egypt and Sudan signed a deal in which they divide the entire revers between themselves. By doing so, Egypt gets 55 billion cubic meter, Sudan 18.5 Billion cubic water, and 12.5 billion cubic water for evaporation from its 84-86 billion cubic water annual flow of nile. Ethiopia and other 8 nile water sources were left with ZERO water from their God-given water. These are the facts that Aljezira is not ready to tell you.

  • Reza Behnood says:

    Solution is pretty simple but leave it to two African government to make a war out of it. How about this: Ethiopia fills the lake in 30 years and Egypt shares the income from now protected farmland to cover Ethiopia’s loss of income for that period.

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