ለግብፃውያን የአባይ ውሃ የህልውና ጉዳይ ቢሆንም በወንዙ ላይ ኢትዮጵያ እየገነባች ያለውን የታላቁ ህዳሴ ግድብ ሀገራቸው ግብፅ ማስቆም እንደማይቻላት የሀገሪቱ የውሃ ሚኒስትር አስታወቁ።
የግብፅ የውሃ እና መስኖ ሚኒስትር ሞሃመድ አብደል አቲ፤ ሀገራቸው ግብፅ ግድቡን ለማስቆም እንደማይቻላት መረዳቷን፣ ነገር ግን በውሃው አጠቃቀም ላይ አሁንም አዳዲስ የመፍትሄ ሃሳቦችን በማቅረብ ከሱዳንና ከኢትዮጵያ ጋር እንደምትደራደር መግለፃቸውን አረብ ኒውስ ዘግቧል፡፡
ግብፅ የምታቀርበውን አዲስ አማራጭ ለጊዜው ለመግለፅ እቸገራለሁ ያሉት ሚኒስትሩ፤ግድቡ ግን 97 በመቶ የግብፅ ህዝብ ጥገኛ የሆነበትን የአባይ ወንዝ ፍሰት መጠን እንደማይቀንስ ማረጋገጥ እንፈልጋለን ብለዋል፡፡
የግብፅ የመስኖ እርሻ 80 በመቶ በአባይ ውሃ ላይ ጥገኛ መሆኑን የጠቆሙት ሚኒስትሩ፤ የሀገሪቱ ህዝብ ቁጥርም በ2050 እ.ኤ.አ ወደ 170 ሚሊዮን እንደሚደርስና የዚህን ህዝብ ህልውና ማረጋገጥ ደግሞ አሁን ያለው ትውልድ ኃላፊነት መሆኑን ተናግረዋል፡፡
CAIRO: Egypt has “many alternatives” to deal with the stalled technical negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) with Ethiopia and Sudan, Egypt’s Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Ati has said.
“We have many alternatives in between the two impossible alternatives; to dispense with the Nile water and not to build the dams altogether,” he said. There are other ways to negotiate, and Egypt has started many of these ways, but they cannot be declared,” the Egyptian minister said on Saturday during a visit to the northern governorate of Dakahlia.
The minister said that Egypt could not prevent the construction of the dam, but it also could not afford any substantial deficiency in its historical share of water.
“We have to admit that the dam is damaging to Egypt. We are currently working on making this damage, which will lower Egypt’s share of water, not serious. We will not allow this to happen.”
Abdel Ati said that the Nile is not just a water resource, echoing Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s statements that the Nile for Egypt is a matter of life or death.
“We are a desert country and we rely on 97 percent of water from outside the border, both in terms of the share of the Nile and the groundwater shared by Egypt, Libya, Sudan and Chad,” he said.
“The rate of consumption of irrigation water in Egypt is 80 billion cubic meters, and only 60 billion is available,” Abdel Ati said. “We compensate for the difference with waste water treatment. Egypt’s share of water is stable while its population is growing at a high rate.”
He predicted that the population of Egypt will reach about 170 million in 2050, up from the current 100 million.