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Posted on Monday, 25 May 2009 14:30

Nile: Hydro-politics and diplomacy

By Patrick Smith
Gemma Ware

 

Egypt’s reactions to growing demands for Nile water from Sudan and Ethiopia shapes regional diplomacy. Cairo has long tried to prevent irrigation and dam-building projects in Ethiopia and Sudan, and staunchly opposes the secession of southern Sudan, which it fears will further diminish its control of the Nile waters.

 

As the Nile floods the valley and its delta spreads each year, Egypt looks ideally suited to grow wheat. Yet due to its relative scarcity of water, Egypt instead imports almost half its grain requirements. Now Egypt’s pro-Western regime and Sudan’s Islamist regime are working on a common plan for several million Egyptians to relocate along the Nile in northern Sudan to work with locals on ambitious wheat projects. Egypt will enhance its food security and Sudan will use the revenues to finance an expansion of the Khartoum metropolis. That helps explain why these ideological opponents can work together, for now. ?

 

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