Egypt presidential hopeful threatens to use force over Ethiopian dam(ST)

April 7th, 2014 Print Print Email Email

A potential candidate for the Egyptian presidency announced today that he will order the use of military force against Ethiopia if the latter does not suspend the construction of the Grand Renaissance dam.

In announcing his presidential bid at a press conference on Sunday, lawyer Mortada Mansour said that “water for Egypt is Egypt’s life”.

“There” are signed international conventions … There are two agreements, one in 1929 and the other in 1959 to regulate water usage between Egypt and Sudan,” Mansour added.

The controversial figure, who was elected last week as head of Cairo’s Zamalek Club, accused Israel of standing behind the Ethiopian dam project and dismissed popular initiatives to resolve the dispute with Addis Ababa.

“There are international organisations that failed [to mediate] and Ethiopia stuck to its position. Just like they threatened to use their army, Egypt has an army. If Israel which is inciting Ethiopia learned a lesson from the Egyptian army in 1973 [war], you are threatening my life. I will not allow you to build your dam and block water from me and in the end famine occurs among the Egyptian people and we kill each other for a drop of water,” Mansour said.

“Just like they showed off and brought their generals around the dam and said if Egypt can come. No we also have generals and planes O’ Ethiopia that can reclaim Egypt’s rights because we will not allow a drop of water to be cut, to have drought in the country, in agriculture, people can’t find a drop of water. This is vital for us. I thought that for subsequent Egyptian administrations that the issue of water is a life or death issue. This is not up for discussion,” he added.

Egypt fears that the $4.6 billion hydropower plant will diminish its share of the river’s water flows, arguing its historic water rights must be maintained.

Ethiopia is the source of about 85% of the Nile’s water, mainly through rainfall in its highlands, with over 90% of Egyptians relying on water from the Nile’s flows.

In June 2012, a panel of international experts tasked with studying the impacts of the Ethiopian dam on lower riparian countries, including Sudan and Egypt, found that the dam project will not cause significant harm to either country.

Cairo remains unconvinced and has sought further studies and consultation with Khartoum and Addis Ababa.

If Mansour’s candidacy is endorsed by the presidential commission he will face former Egyptian defence minister Field Marshal Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi, who is widely tipped to win. Leftist political figure Hamdeen Sabahi has also pledged to contest the elections.

Mansour has made a failed bid to run for president in the 2012 elections but was disqualified by the elections committee.

According to a profile by the Daily News Egypt, Mansour said in 2011 that he did not “have the right to run” for president because he is “ill-tempered”.

In April 2011, Mansour was accused of being involved in Tahrir clashes commonly dubbed “the Battle of the Camel” on 2 February, which left 11 demonstrators dead and hundreds injured. He was later acquitted of all charges however.

He ran in four parliamentary elections in 1990, 1995, 2000 and 2012, but only won in the 2000 elections. In 2012, he lost to an opponent from the Muslim Brotherhood.

He is well known for his hot temper and was taken off air in TV phone interviews a number of times for using obscene language.

Mansour is also seen as someone who is obsessed with filing numerous police complaints and lawsuits against figures he has disputes with.

  1. Long live Ethiopia
    | #1

    Egypt for sure is huffing and puffing with disdain and bravado what it is capable of doing if Ethiopia continue to build The Dam. What is surprising is that although this project is a national project with a lot of enemies to boot,but the TPLF ethnic goons don’t see the trouble their inviting to the nation when they initiate this kind project. There is nothing wrong initiating a project of this magnitude if they can only make sure the public is behind to back theme up if push comes to shove.But their action is to divide the nation make it weaker if an outside enemy comes to do us harm we can’t even be able to protect ourselves let alone decimate it. Their day of reckoning will come soon; and it will be all their own making.

  2. Jojo
    | #2

    Lol this guy does not know ethiopia.
    If egypt attacks ethiopian dam, we will be in the first flight to cairo and make a “tourist” visit to aswan dam :)
    When it comes to pure ethiopian national interests even ethiopian christians become suicide bombers

  3. Anonymous
    | #3

    Knowing what TPLF/EPRDF have done to Ethiopia/ns — let us hope that this is not a hidden joint plan between TPLF and the Arab countries to drop bombs on Amara provinces to eliminate every Amara and cause genocide. And on the other hand, the global water shortages is real and wealthy countries and billionaires going to do everything to have access to drinking water and to grow crops. Already, money worshiper TPLFs have sold their souls to the biggest bidders and have sold Ethiopia’s fertile land to billionaires to grow their crops and flowers while Ethiopians struggle to find one meal a day and even starving to death.
    Here are a must read articles about the global water shortages:

    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/feb/09/global-water-shortages-threat-terror-war

    http://www.un.org/waterforlifedecade/scarcity.shtml

  4. Andargachew
    | #4

    —- EGYPTS SECURITY IS IN OUR HAND —-

    ISLAMIST EGYPT FOR SURE WILL LOSE MOST OF ITS WATER FLOW IF IT STARTS WAR.

    If ISLAMIC EGYPT strike CHRISTIAN ETHIOPIA we do not have to go to EGYPT to strike Egypt, simply you can dump small amount chemical warfare such as radio active material in the river that will be good enough to put EGYPT in its knees. The water will be untreatable and undrinkable for at least four years.
    Government does not have to carry out this missions, any Individual with basic knowledge of chemical knowledge could strike the move.

    GOD FORBID WE DO NOT GET TO THAT POINT.

    May God Bless ETHIOPIA !!!

  5. Suliman
    | #5

    Some of the commentators above such as #1 ,seems to me,are just venting your own fear. Granted TPLF is public enemy of the Ethiopian people and that it has also a deep sited suspicious of the Ethiopian people and continued to deal business in secret behind our citizens yet this does not mean the Ethiopian people will not rally around when and if Egypt wants to carry out her threatening. You my friend above your assessment of Ethiopians does not reflect the reality on the ground. I am an opposition supporter, and don’t like in any way the TPLF way of playing politics and her occupation. That being said, in this case, I will fight mine adversary the enemy state of Egypt. After all Nile is in home land and Blue Nile is in Ethiopia and certainly Egypt is not to tell me with what to do with what is mine. Beside, Egypt has been persuading Saudi Arabia to pressure Ethiopia in to submission. In addition these two in the past, have been engaged in murdering our refuge population.

    Now we here Egypt threatening Ethiopia with military strike.

    .Is this a bluff or what?
    Either way We Ethiopians need not to fear over her threatening.
    One thing I know if any one wants to attack it will be seen. This is not the first time Egypt has been doing this useless threat for the last few years. What is even ludicrous is her attempt to implicate the Jewish stat in Ethiopian affair. May be ,this time,Ethiopia needs a military pact with the state of Israel just to stop Egypt -Saudi bravado.
    One thing is clear though, Egypt like Ethiopia has internal political problem. It may be both these leaders are attempting to deflect their internal problem by playing the Nile card.

  6. Fasil
    | #6

    @ Suliman,

    This hydro dam project is Ethiopia’s project not a political party project.
    We Ethiopians were greatful to have such intelligent government in Ethioia who can mastermind such positive uplifting project to the country as well as to the entire east Africas region, and we all Ethiopians were 100% behind this project supporting it financially, socially and politically.

    Long Live Ethiopia !!

  7. Anonymous
    | #7

    Well, the outside enemy won’t be any worse than what is going in Ethiopia as we speak.

  8. Bobby
    | #8

    the well known mad lawyer Mortada Mansour “There” are signed international conventions … There are two agreements, one in 1929 and the other in 1959 to regulate water usage between Egypt and Sudan,” Mansour added. Does he understand the word international or did he confused with his colonial master then decayed british empire, what an idiot. Anyway barking dogs do not bite.

  9. Washington DC
    | #9

    @ Mr. Fasil,
    I came back from Ethiopia three months ago, To be honest, I wish we had this great government in Ethiopia for the last 60 years, by now Ethiopia would had become another Japan.

  10. Anonymous
    | #10

    Fasil,
    LOL! TYPICAL WOYANE! WHO ARE YOU TRYING TO FOOL!? LET ME REMIND YOU: YOU CANNOT BE MORE WRONG TO THINK THAT ALL ETHIOPIANS ARE BEHIND THE VERY BRUTAL TPLF REGIME THAT HAS DIVIDED ETHIOPIANS BY ETHNIC GROUPS, THAT HAS DENIED ETHIOPIANS THEIR FREEDOM OF SPEECH, PRESS AND RELIGION, A BRUTAL REGIME THAT CONTINUES TO ABUSE ITS POWER BEYOND OUR IMAGINATIONS, LEFT ETHIOPIA LANDLOCKED, CONTINUE TO ROB ETHIOPIA/NS BLIND, SELLING ETHIOPIA’S FERTILE LAND, THROWING THE WELL EDUCATED AND INTELLECTUAL ETHIOPIANS IN JAIL, TORTURING AND KILLING INNOCENT ETHIOPIANS…ETC. THE HEINOUS CRIMES OF TPLF ARE ENDLESS!!!!

  11. Tefera Mamo
    | #11

    @ washington dc,

    Thank you! for telling the truth. I know there are some brain dead individuals who deny the facts and starving for bad news, the truth is it does not matter what these negative people think and deny. what is most important is that our country is getting the economic progress and benefit that been denied for very long.

    Long Live Ethiopia!

  12. Anonymous
  13. kiffaqiff
    | #13

    Historically speaking the Egyptian rulers never had succeeded in occupying the feared-land which the dead forefathers of the current Egyptian rulers buried in with their chatty mouths stuffed with dead frogs and termites. So shall the stupefied robbers who invaded Ethiopia in 1991.

    We shall beat both Egyptian rulers and the Hiwhat robbers, the enemy of Ethiopia. Yes, on the basis of first-thing-first, millions of Ethiopians shall definitely multitasking in the complete beating and defeating of our historical and traditional enemy, the Egyptian rulers and vanguard enemy of Ethiopia, the Hiwhat Robbers.

    All Ethiopians, remember: Keep the twin enemy of Ethiopia, Egyptian rulers and the enemy which you currently are battling against since 1991 and still going on until it and both they are crushed to their complete defeat in your target zone.

    Egypt can easily be brought to its defeat if and only Ethiopians completely get rid of the robbers from the face of Ethiopia.

  14. Kumele Beri Tola Waqae
    | #14

    Yes,the Egyptians are right in saying “water for Egypt is Egypt’s life”. Of course refering to the water from the Blue Nile River that originates in Ethiopian. But there is something that, not only the Egyptians, but also their Europian and American friends and supporters, seem to ignore about Ethiopia where the Blue Nile River originates. The river carries the soils erroded from Ethiopia, and in fact the hidden interest of the Egyptians is rather in the soil – for water, they can get it from the White Nile as well. The way Egypt feels for itself, so Ehtiopia too feels for itself sayiny: “Water that errodes Ethiopia’s soil, and carries it beyond its boundries, is a no-life(is death)for Ethiopia – not Ethiopia’s life”.

  15. Fikru
    | #15

    we Ethiopian 1st let worry and work hard on our freden and rights not TPLF DAM

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