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An Egyptian Official Denies Plan to bomb Ethiopian Dam; Blames Tensions on Meles Zenawi (How dare he!)

(Befekadu Beyene) I think, Mr. Reda Hafez should have thought twice before rushing to blame PM. Meles Zenawi  for anything. After all he never said or did anything against the interest of Egypt and Egyptians, as long as we are talking about fairness. Zenawi just started to make use of the merely flowing nile or ABAY as we call it.

Ethiopia needs  to grow up using any natural resources at its’ disposal and of course with out putting the lives of any people in danger. Mr. Reda and his friends should make up their mind and  come to the reality of the century we are living in. Its imposible to think about using the nile water alone.

The continued development of Ethiopian water resources is at irreversible stage. So if there is anything expected of Egypt is, of course not to simply sit down and watch, rather to come up with constructive strategies of using the water together with out affecting the flow.

Dear visitor of my blog you may read the following story tittled “ Former Egyptian Military Official Denies Plan to Sabotage Ethiopian Dam;Blames Tensions on Zenawi” and put your comment on it.

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Former Egyptian Military Official Denies Plan to Sabotage Ethiopian Dam; Blames Tensions on Zenawi

A former senior Egyptian military official on September 6 denied that Egypt had a contingency plan to sabotage the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

“The claims made by Strat for intelligence firm about a contingency plan to bomb or sabotage the Ethiopian Dam are unfounded,” former Commander of the Air Forces and current Minister of Military Production Reda Hafez told reporters.

Wikileaks on August 29 published emails dating back to 2010 from the Egyptian ambassador to Lebanon and a high-level Egyptian security official based in Cairo, whichdescribed how the Egyptian government prepared a contingency plan to deal with Ethiopian dam construction along the Blue Nile. The plan, according to the Wikileaks data, included taking military action.

“The website didn’t mention the names of security officials who spoke about this plan,” Hafez noted. He stressed that these leaked data were meant to “drive a wedge between Egypt and Ethiopia.”

“There are some countries that do not like to see a thaw in Egyptian-Ethiopian relations. They don’t want to see a diplomatic settlement of the Ethiopian dams issue,” he warned.

Hafez blamed the tensions between Egypt and Ethiopia on late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

“Zenawi was part of the problem. He always talked about the possibility of wars with Egypt because of Nile water,” he said.

Hafez categorically rejected the claim that Sudanese President Umar al-Bashir had agreed to allow Egypt to construct a small airbase in Kusti, as a launching point for Egyptian commandos to destroy Ethiopian water facilities on the Blue Nile.

“Egypt never thought about launching air strikes against Ethiopian dams. I was the commander of the armed forces at that time and can confirm there was no intention to do that,” he said.

The Renaissance Dam project has long been a point of contention between Cairo, Khartoum and Addis Ababa. Therefore, a dam assessment committee was formed a few months ago to assess the negative impact of the dam on the flow of Nile water to the two downstream countries.

Ethiopian authorities will provide the experts on the committee with all information about the dam. The assessment of the negative and positive impacts of the dam and ways of dealing with them will take from six to nine months.

Then, the three countries will declare a final position on the project. The decision reached by the committee will be binding on all of them.

Meanwhile, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Store pledged to help settle disputes over distribution of Nile water among upstream and downstream countries.

Store, who met with Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil in Cairo on August 6, also said Norway would not fund projects that might pose a threat to Egypt’s water security.

Norway is one of the major funders of water projects in upstream Nile countries.

Source: ooskanews.com

14 thoughts on “An Egyptian Official Denies Plan to bomb Ethiopian Dam; Blames Tensions on Meles Zenawi (How dare he!)

  1. We need to prepare for the worst and do the project as fast as possible. To get the support of all Ethiopians the government need to participate all opposition parties by allowing them access to the state owned media or allow the establishment of private media. A country has never been built by stubbornness! It is the one with power that has great responsibility. So establish a fair ground to every Ethiopian who want to play their part. When you manage things by yourself the powers of the world will be at your side.

  2. To me Egyptians are not that much stupid in this regard. This is because, the existing global sociopolitical reality is not like it was Forty -Sixty years a go. That is, in the first place, currently Ethiopia has build a growing and strong diplomatic image and economic capacity to resist any form of external pressure. Secondly, the miscalculation and as a result the wrong decisions that Egypt will reach can offend the international community. This will severely affects socioeconomic and political good will of Egypt that Egyptians have been building for generations. Thirdly, the veto power nations will no longer tolerate such an international terrorist act that in one way or the other affects their social, political and economic stability. this especially can be an additional ground for the Americans and the westerns to take a sever political, economic and if necessary military measures against the threat-or. In general, due to the aforementioned and many other reasons, Egyptians wont do anything foolish that will not benefit anyone. However, Ethiopian government and politicians taking should do their homework and ready themselves in all aspect.
    GOOD Bless Ethiopia.

  3. War is a talk of the wicked. War has never been a means of conflict resolution. I read all the threads, no one has any idea as what they talk about and all luck substance. Grown ups talk about regional economic integration. That is sustainable model with all parties get what they want.
    Egyptians are our brothers. We have long history, no such war will happen.
    The Egyptian authorities should think again before contemplating any thing of that sort.
    And if history teaches as anything about war, It is costly and proves nothing.
    The one with the right cause always wins, dispite the fact.
    Look! Americans are not winners in all their military ventures, for every one they killed a thousand created. All they managed to achieve is unite the fundamentalists against them.
    If Egypt Attack, that will be the worst mistake in judgment. It might cost the egyptian people access to fresh water, if not now, then definitely later.
    Do not underestimate the anger of the millions.
    Egypt lost the war with Israel in 6 days, not due to luck of machinery, but luck of proper cause to drive. Those days Israel was no match against Egypt. But they have superior drive, Survival !
    We Ethiopian bit the drams of war for the last 3 thousand years. We end up poor and independent !
    War is no game. ” Do not try it at school or at home or with your neighbors “

  4. Hello the blogger ,

    Meles was a murderer, denier of freedom of speech, sucker of blood of innocent Ethiopians ! …If Egypt were to sabotage this so called Dam , I would be the 1st man to indicate the Egyptians where to strike.

    Down to Woyane !

  5. Dear Befekadu, as per the ideas mentioned above, if Hafize blames Late PM Meles for speculated war between Ethiopia and Egypt, that is completely wrong. This is because, late PM Meles didn’t say any about war speculation b/n z two countries. He was discussing the issues as one of democratic 21st leader.

  6. i think Egipitians never try to do it,because the Dam is sensitive to ethiopians.that is why we started to build with own resources.one thing Egipitians should know that this project was remain in all ethiopians heart, so our best leader started it and we will finish it and we are ready to sacrify our selves for it.”our GOD is with us, may GOD bless ETHIOPIA”

  7. war will not happen because Egypt is not that much powerful country besides the Egyptian people know very much about the victory of Ethiopia over Egypt forces during our precious Emperor Atse Yohannes the fourth. i can not stop laughing if Norway is a mediator. the Norwegian should know Abay dam is not going to be mediated full stop. we know them very well the Europeans on the one side they say we are anti terrorist but on the on other side they are real terrorist. this can be backed by the terrorist journalists of Sweden
    citizens.

    • Sir, I agree war will not happen, but please visit CIA fact book and review the rank of the army we possess, also review the GDP and per capita and compare. War will not happen because it’s not the civilized way to solve a conflict, but not for any other reason.

  8. Yes, war is not a means to solve even any severe problem. Discussion is a very influential measure. No one will be benefited from war. Both of the two countries have their own history. The people of the two nations have also a long time good relationship. They can properly and friendly utilize the river without any conflict. They are gifted from God. If they are very willing to use it peacefully, it is very sufficient for them. Thus, especially the Egyptians, they have to think 100 times before waging a war. The consequence will be very bad. They are unable to dismiss more than 85 million people. The country is the origin of the Blue Nile Basin. Thus, it will be difficult for them even to get fresh water. At the end, as far as my opinion is concerned, we don’t need any European negotiator. The Ethiopian government should be active in this regard.

  9. Yes, war is not a means to solve even any severe problem. Discussion is a very influential measure. No one will be benefited from war. Both of the two countries have their own history. The people of the two nations have also a long time good relationship. They can properly and friendly utilize the river without any conflict. They are gifted from God. If they are very willing to use it peacefully, it is very sufficient for them. Thus, especially the Egyptians, they have to think 100 times before waging a war. The consequence will be very bad. They are unable to dismiss more than 85 million people. The country is the origin of the Blue Nile Basin. Thus, it will be difficult for them even to get fresh water. At the end, as far as my opinion is concerned, we don’t need any European negotiator. The Ethiopian government should be active in this regard.

  10. Honestly, I am a bit concerned by the conversation and alerted by some of the comments.
    As an Egyptian citizen, I have followed up the subject with a lot of interest as it concerns, not only us but also the 2 sister Sudans.
    My understanding to the situation is that:

    1- Ethiopia as a fast growing country which claims more rights in the river Nile, and sees the current agreement as unjust to the country that flows more than 85% of the river.

    2- Ethiopia needs more water, electricity, and regulated, irrigated agriculture.

    3- Egyptian concerns as a country with high population and high growth rate, is that Ethiopian projects will-in short and long terms- affect Egyptian water supplies.

    4- Relationships between Egypt and Ethiopia has been sabotaged in the last 30-40 years in the era of a military regime which was thrown away by an astonishing revolution. Currently, we are trying to build our country, and this time is very critical to our people.

    5- Honestly, Egyptians are concerned mainly about an old-new enemy which has evolved a tight relationship with Ethiopia, I mean Israel, in order to throttle Egypt water supply, which Egyptians concern a very alarming threat.

    6- We as Egyptians are pushing our government to set deals with Ethiopia it the fields of Electricity generation, irrigation and agriculture, and also help avoid wasting more water.

    7- We have a very highly sophisticated experience with all the above mentioned fields, and I believe if such deals were closed out, it’s going to end in a win-win situation which we all get a good use of.

    Your comments as Educated, and smart people are more than welcome, I hope we have a very good dialogue.

    One note: Our wars were in the 1860’s, so please don’t mention such a bring down to the conversation.

  11. Honestly speaking, the Blue Nile can serve others beyond Ethiopia, Egypt and The Sudan. It is time to sit down and think how well we can exploit the river. There are tons and tons of wealth we can share if we are wise enough not to breed greed but find ways how we can harness the Blue Nile on equal footings. The poem “A Nile’s Perch For Nile Crocodile” written by me and run for eight weeks on the Ethiopian Herald in January 2004 shows that Egypt, The Sudan and Ethiopia are brothers and sisters of Father Blue Nile. Some outsiders would not like us to come closer to each other and live in peace. Now we have become of an age to see the wisdom there is in peace and share the wealth within to build our nations. I will conclude my comment with a quote from my poem.

    “Since birth, we have bathed and drunk from the same water,
    Although I wasn’t well treated like you by our father,
    This should ne’er be reasons for vengeance and anger,
    Let’s write a new chapter of our ties together.

    Indeed, we are all the children of the Blue Nile,
    Not less and not more, in God’s given natural file,
    The wealth within the Blue Nile comes in manifold,
    With all our wisdom, we can do miracles untold.

    Let alone, close ones, people of far off places,
    Are solving their long overdue crisis,
    The world’s turning flat in front of our eyes,
    It’s leveling down social pains and cries.

    If we plant wisely the seeds of democracy,
    Equity blooms on the grave of conspiracy,
    And on equitable share of wealth, when we invest,
    Not in thimbles but in buckets, will be our harvest.”

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