South Sudan Rejects the Colonial Nile Waters Agreement

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By MACHEL AMOS in Juba, South Sudan
March 20, 2013

Juba Rebuffs Cairo on Nile Waters Agreements

South Sudan has expressed its opposition to a 1959 Nile Water agreements between Sudan and Egypt.

The country said it was already on its way to join the Cooperative Framework agreement, which Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania signed in 2010, and later Burundi in 2011.

“South Sudan does not recognise – and underline does not recognise – the content of the 1959 agreement,” said Water and Irrigation minister Paul Mayom Akech.

“Having been under Sudan at the time, we could not say anything, today we say, we have nothing to do with this agreement,” the minister said.

Riparian countries that signed the Cooperative Framework agreement are discontent with the 1959 deal that gives Sudan and Egypt a larger share of the Nile waters.

“We have joined the NBI (Nile Basin Initiative) and are already a long way to joining the Cooperative Framework agreement, being an entity within which all the Nile Basin countries come together and discuss how best they could utilise the water resource,” Mr Mayom said.

He told a local radio station that; “Egypt, Sudan and the DR Congo have refused to ratify the agreement for reasons that it contravenes the 1959 agreement”.

Egypt dispatched a high profile delegation led by Prime Minister Hisham Qandil to South Sudan last week to, among others, seek support for its position against the Cooperative Framework agreement.

Mr Qandil signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with Vice-President Riek Machar on education, health, agriculture and investment. There was none on Nile waters.

Mr Mayom said Juba was planning the launch of a draft document for technical cooperation with Egypt.

Source: Africa Review

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South Sudan Rejects Egypt’s Monopoly on Nile Waters

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In a final blow to Egypt’s hopeless argument that it has exclusive rights to the Nile waters the youngest country in East Africa; South Sudan has expressed its opposition to a 1959 Nile Water agreements between Sudan and Egypt.

Ethiopia which never signed the 1959 Nile Water agreements has been spear heading the fight against the unjust agreement that gave Egypt and Sudan almost all the rights of the Nile waters. The late Prime Minister of Ethiopia Meles Zenaw rammed through Egypt’s systematic political and diplomatic roadblocks to bring all the upper stream countries of the Nile together and sign a brand new document called Cooperative Framework agreement.

Egypt has been using military threats, diplomatic connection and meddling in the internal affairs of Ethiopia to stop the Ethiopian people from using their god given resource. Ethiopia contributes a little more than 85% of the total Nile waters and Egypt contributes none 0% but Egypt wants to use over 60% of the Nile waters.

South Sudan said it was already getting ready to join the Cooperative Framework agreement, which Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania signed in 2010, and later Burundi in 2011.

“South Sudan does not recognize – and underline does not recognize – the content of the 1959 agreement,” said Water and Irrigation minister Paul Mayom Akech.

“Having been under Sudan at the time, we could not say anything, today we say, we have nothing to do with this agreement,” the minister said.

The 1959 document gives Egypt the right to veto any project it didn’t like in any of the riparian countries.

Source: Tigrai Online