We won’t accept cuts to our share of Nile waters, even a cup less, Egypt
Al-Masry Al-Youm December 2, 2017 5:13 pm
Egypt Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Mohamed Abdel Ati said
Saturday that Egypt won’t accept any cuts to its share of water from the
Nile River, not “even a cup less.”
In statements to reporters, Ati said that all state institutions concerned
are involved with Egypt’s team in its ongoing negotiations with Sudan and
Ethiopia over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
“Egypt does not refuse that any country builds dams, on the contrary, we
have participated in the construction of many dams in African countries, but
without prejudice to the interest of Egypt and its historical share (of Nile
waters),” Ati said.
“We stumbled from the beginning in the technical negotiations as Ethiopia
violated what we previously agreed upon, and began establishing the dam with
different specifications, so we began to resort to other legitimate ways to
maintain our share and our rights,” the minister said.
“We must admit that the dam has damage to Egypt, and we are currently
working to ensure that there is no serious damage to Egypt’s share. We will
not allow it. We are a desert country and we rely 97 percent on water from
outside the border, whether it is the Nile waters or the underground water
which is shared by Egypt, Libya, Sudan and Chad. There are differences, but
they must end sooner or later so that each of us cares about the interests
of the other,” Ati said.
The Minister of Irrigation said, “Currently there are obstacles in the
negotiations of the Renaissance Dam, and this is the nature of the
negotiations in any case, and there are different methods of negotiation,
and public opinion in Egypt is necessary to know the existence of obstacle.”
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm