JERUSALEM – The new Egyptian government has instructed its military to prepare
for any eventuality regarding a crucial water dispute with neighboring
Ethiopia, according to Egyptian security sources speaking to WND.
The dispute centers around the Nile River, which is used by both Ethiopia and
Egypt for water resources.
Ethiopia is planning to construct a nearly $5 billion dam, called the Great
Millennium Dam, along the Nile River about 25 miles from the Sudan border. The
dam will section off a larger portion of the Nile than is used now by Ethiopia.
Egypt is adamantly opposed to the dam or any deal that would reduce its share of
the Nile and give more access to other countries.
A 1929 colonial-era treaty gives Egypt majority rights to the Nile’s waters.
But six African countries have signed a petition, the Entebbe Agreement,
calling for all Nile Basin countries to modify the old pact and re-allocate the
shares of water from the Nile River.
Egyptian security sources say Cairo is appealing to the U.S. and European Union
to oppose the proposed Ethiopian dam.
The sources said the Egyptian military believes Israel is encouraging Ethiopia
to build the dam as a way to weaken the caretaker Egyptian government following
the toppling of Hosni Mubarak’s regime. Mubarak was a stanch U.S. ally.
The sources further said the Egyptian military has been told to prepare for any
eventuality regarding the situation.
While the Egyptian security sources said they hoped the confrontation did not
escalate to a military level, one source told WND “the regime may be inching
closer to a water war.”
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