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Morsi: If our share of Nile water decreases, our blood will be the alternative

President addressed Nation in a popular conference on Egypt’s rights to Nile water called for by Islamist parties


A handout picture released by the Egyptian presidency shows Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi speaking during a conference on protecting the country's water crisis and Ethiopia's dam project on the Blue Nile in Cairo on June 10, 2013 (AFP Photo)
A handout picture released by the Egyptian presidency shows Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi speaking during a conference on protecting the country’s water crisis and Ethiopia’s dam project on the Blue Nile in Cairo on June 10, 2013
(AFP Photo)

“If our share of Nile water decreases, our blood will be the alternative” said President Mohamed Morsi in his speech at the Popular Conference on Egypt’s Rights to Nile Water on Monday.

The conference was called for by Islamist Parties to discuss the issue of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and its effects on Egypt’s share of Nile water.

In his speech Morsi said the Egyptian people are “patient” and can endure anything except threats to their security or their source of life [the Nile]. “If there are such threats, Egyptians will unite to uproot the threats wherever they are coming from and all those who support them.”

He explained that to evaluate the issue of the dam accurately, we have to mention all the exchanges and steps taken by Egypt towards Ethiopia and Sudan, “our partners in the eastern Nile Basin” throughout the past two years.

“Since May 2011 Egypt has been a part of an international panel of experts (IPoE) formed to study and assess the potential effects of the GERD on both downstream countries Egypt and Sudan,” Morsi said.

He explained that the IPoE held six meetings and visited the site of the dam four times; they gathered all the Ethiopian studies and data about the dam and concluded that the available studies don’t level up with such a huge and important project.

“Egypt conducted parallel technical studies with the help of international experts; the studies showed the dam had potentially negative effects on Egypt if it was constructed according to the current Ethiopian model,” he added.

Morsi said that he met with the Egyptian delegation of the IPoE as soon as they returned from Ethiopia; the meeting was followed by two other meetings with the political groups and the cabinet.

“We decided to establish a national committee of official and popular figures along with experts to handle the dam situation,” said Morsi.

The president added that Ethiopia and Sudan were Egypt’s sisterly nations. “We love Africa and its entire people.”

The past two years witnessed clear progress in Egypt’s relations with Nile Basin countries, especially Ethiopia. The president and the prime minister as well as a large number of ministers visited Ethiopia and the Egyptian investments in Ethiopia reached more than $2bn, according to Morsi.

In his speech, the president also stressed that all options are open when it comes to threats to Egypt’s share of the Nile. “The greatness of the Egyptian people lies in their unity in times of crisis… I urge [the Egyptian people] to offer advice and opinions on the issue even if I disagree with some of them.”

He also addressed opposition groups, saying differing opinions are healthy in a “newly born democratic system,” but when it came to major challenges facing Egypt partisan and political disputes should be put aside. “I call for a comprehensive national reconciliation with the single goal of loyally serving our beloved Egypt,” Morsi added.

“Our initiative is based on the basic principal of approving any developmental project in Nile Basin countries provided they would not affect the legal or historic rights of Egypt or any country in Nile water.”

The conference was organised by predominantly Islamist and Salafi parties, including the Freedom and Justice, Al-Nour, Al-Wasat, Building and Development, Labour, Al-Watan, Al-Asala, Al-Fadila and Al-Shaab parties, among others.

They announced the conference on Wednesday and invited President Morsi, Prime Minister Hesham Qandil and his cabinet, representatives from the Church and Al-Azhar as well as all political movements.

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  • daniel

    Mursi’s statement is to twist the opposition rally of 30 June.

    • suleyman

      He speaks in the name of democracy to thwart the democratic mov’t

  • daniel

    Mursi do you think that Ethiopians have not blood? however, you are blood shade lover. you Selfist are blood shade lover. you are not to the interest of Egyptian people, I think. If you are eager to test the arms of Ethiopians, go on, you will get you share!

  • Desalegn Terecha

    PLEASE DO NOT FORGET YOUR OTHER DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS WHILE TALKING DAY AND NIGHT ABOUT GERD…WIN-WIN SCENARIO…

  • Girma

    @Mursi , “Egypt conducted parallel technical studies with the help of international experts; the studies showed the dam had potentially negative effects on Egypt if it was constructed according to the current Ethiopian model,” he added.””” Do we mean Egyptian experts are superior to the International one? Mr. President, To your surprise the people of Ethiopia are highly determined to work on Nile (Blue Nile) and enjoy the benefits of every projects. we don’t i have any concern whether Nile serves you then well or not. We Don’t Care!!!! But fortunately our government care for you by making the project harmless to you as witnessed by international Experts. Please Send your Experts to School for further education on ‘Research and Methodology’. we don’t want war but know how to beat any enemy….read history or try the war!

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  • Damot

    President Mursi need to be slapped by Ethio-Egyptian history book, which narrates how Ehyptians tried to concur Ethiopia and how the kneel down infront of Ethiopian hero’s.

  • zelalem

    This is a 2nd typical figure-out example of Morsi’s mechanism how
    he forward to divert Egyptian attention from fighting their right after he gain
    1st won over un-matured political leaders via televised their nonsense
    treaties opinion against Ethiopian Dam while Ethiopia invites him for discussion. Bravo Morsi for your 2nd gain!

  • AKLILU ABRHA

    What a nonsense mentally speeche is this? what does ” OUR BLOOD IS ALTERNATIVE” mean? have he heard the ethiopians have not blood? sorry guys to say this. but, Egypt is using the blue nile water w/c gets out from ethiopia and at the same time ethiopia is going forward of the development & is trying to use what it has to use from ethiopia`s child “nile”. Dear MORSI ! pls tel tell some thing for the next my Question?
    “” WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF THE NILE RIVER WAS COMING TO ETHIOPIA FROM EGYPT AND YOU WERE NOT ABLE TO USE IT & IF ETHIOPIA WERE DENIED [ STOPPED] YOU TO BUILD YOUR ASWAN DAM”” ??? totally it is selfishness. “”WAR”” couldn`t be a solution. “:– NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT “WAR” and HOW A “BLOOD” TESTS–:” more than Ethiopians. I`LL SAY IT AGAIN.”WAR COULDN`T BE A SOLUTION SINCE IT DESTROYS ALL +VE ASPECTS W/C EVERY BODY LOVES IT TO GET”

  • jaju

    But obviously blood is much more expensive than water; especially because of the fact that you can’t even solve the issue this way! I’m wondering: Can’t Egypt afford a modern (with the 21st century mentality) leader?

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