APA-Cairo (Egypt) Egypt has affirmed on Tuesday that it does not consider war as an option in regards to Nile waters and its policy in this regard are based on dialogue, negotiation, cooperation, consultation and international law .
Hossam Zaki the official spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied as baseless, accusations contained in a press statement issued on Tuesday by Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi stating that Egypt is exploiting rebel groups against the ruling regime in Ethiopia.
The Spokesman stressed that Egypt still sticks with its legal and political positions in the Nile water issue.
Zaki said that Egypt had pursued a policy of dialogue, persuasion and understanding with Ethiopia over the past years in order to reach a consensus to achieve the collective benefit from Nile.
Ethiopia built five huge dams on the Nile in the last decade.
Egypt is entitled to the lion’s share of the Nile’s total flow of around 84 billion cubic meters i.e. 55.5 billion cubic meters of water per annum though 85 percent of the water comes from Ethiopia.
In May, Nile Basin countries Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Kenya signed a new deal to share Nile waters.
Sudan and Egypt rejected the deal while Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi have so far refused to sign.