Friday, June 14, 2013
Ethiopia: Uganda joins Sudan in support of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has backed Ethiopia's construction of a new $4.7 billion hydro power plant along the river Nile. President Museveni said in a national address that Ethiopia as well as other African nations need such power plants to spur their economies, and protect the environment from peasant farmers, who continue to cut forests for bio mass fuel. Mr. Museveni's remarks came on the same day the Ethiopian parliament ratified a treaty stripping Egypt of its right to use the bulk of the Nile River's waters for domestic purposes.
"It is advisable that chauvinistic statements coming out of Egypt are restrained and through the Nile Valley Organization rational discussions take place," Mr. Museveni said. "No African wants to hurt Egypt; however, Egypt cannot continue to hurt black Africa and the countries of the tropics of Africa.