June 14, 2013

Ethiopian PM Brushes Off Morsi's Threatening Rhetoric


An excerpt from, "Ethiopia will not accept any proposal to delay construction of Renaissance Dam: Foreign ministry" (Reuters, June 13):
Ethiopia's foreign ministry said on Wednesday the country has no intention of suspending construction of what would be the biggest hydro electric plant on the continent, a project Egypt says could cost it vital water supplies.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr is expected to travel to Addis Ababa on Sunday for talks on a giant dam Ethiopia is building on the Nile, as the countries seek a diplomatic solution to an increasingly heated dispute.

Tensions have risen this week between two of Africa's most populous nations, after President Mohamed Mursi said Egypt did not want "war" but would keep "all options open" to avoid losing any water.

Some Egyptian politicians were also caught on camera last week talking of air strikes or backing Ethiopian rebels after the start of major new work on the $4.7 billion Grand Renaissance Dam took Cairo by surprise.

Ethiopia has dismissed talk of military action as "psychological warfare".
Ethiopian dismisses Morsi´s threats over the Nile. Source: CCTV.