4/21/2014

Egypt to ‘escalate’ Ethiopian dam dispute

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/04/egypt-escalate-ethiopian-dam-dispute-201448135352769150.html

Blue Nile River, Egypt and Ethiopia have been engaged in a war of words over its potential impacts.
Ethiopia believes the massive dam will herald an era of prosperity, spurring growth and attracting foreign currency with the export of power to neighbouring countries. But Egypt has raised concerns about the downstream effects, as the Blue Nile supplies the Nile with about 85 percent of its water.
Both sides say they seek a negotiated solution, but they remain at loggerheads, with negotiations stalled. Ethiopia insists the dispute must be resolved through negotiations between the two parties, with Mahamoud Dirir, the ambassador to Egypt, noting in a statement last month that "there are only two… countries in the entire world which are well-placed to mediate between Egypt and Ethiopia."
Egypt, meanwhile, is quietly lobbying the international community for support against what it says is a violation of international law, diplomatic sources confirmed to Al Jazeera.
"Egypt plans to take actions to escalate the situation against Ethiopia," said a western diplomat in Cairo, who spoke on condition of anonymity. "But the exact implications of these actions [are] still unclear." More...