Monday, April 22, 2013

Eritrea supports Egypt over Nile water dispute

The Eritrean government supports Egypt’s stance over a colonial-era treaty that granted Egypt a right to utilize the lion’s share of Nile river water resources, according to Sudan Tribune report.
Eritrea expressed its support this week in a message sent from the Eritrean president and delivered to Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi by Eritrean Foreign Minister Osman Saleh and Presidential Adviser for Political Affairs, Yemane Gebreab.

Ethiopia is the source of 85% of the Nile’s water. Under a 1929 pact, Egypt is entitled to 55.5 billion cubic metres a year of the Nile's flow of around 84 billion cubic metres.
A new agreement, the Nile Basin Cooperative Framework Agreement (CFA), was signed by six upper riparian countries of the Nile River and is expected to reverse the colonial era treaty seeking a more reasonable and equitable utilization of the river.

According to the agreement, the Nile River Basin commission will be established to implement and govern its principles, rights and obligations and to coordinate the water use, development, conservation and management of the Nile water by shared countries.
One year after the framework agreement was signed Ethiopia launched the construction of a massive dam, Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, on the Blue Nile River.

1 comment:

  1. it is not true, don't believe everything you read,
    Eritrea is too busy to be worrying about Ethiopia.