Egypt’s leaders are negotiating with Ethiopia over a Nile River dam project the Ethiopians have begun building, according to reports. The news comes after a week of forceful talk about the dam project, including one session with Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi in which politicians discussed armed intervention, apparently not aware their words were being broadcast on live television.
“We are in the midst of negotiations,” an anonymous Egyptian official tells Agence France-Presse. The official stressed the vital importance of the Nile to Egypt, but he also said Morsi did not mean to threaten Ethiopia with war.
On Monday, Morsi warned Ethiopia that “all options are open” in dealing with what his government sees as a security issue. Egypt relies on the Nile for both agriculture and hydroelectric power.
“If a single drop of the Nile is lost, our blood will be the alternative,” Morsi said.
Those words were similar in tone to statements from a meeting last Monday, when several of Egypt’s political leaders used a meeting with Morsi to air their ideas about how to deal with Ethiopia’s plans for a dam, apparently unaware that the meeting was not “secret,” as one of them said, but was in fact being broadcast live on state television. Continue reading @ NPR…