A host of Ethiopian army commanders have voiced their readiness to protect the country’s multibillion-dollar hydroelectric dam project, currently at the heart of a major row with Cairo due to Egyptian fears the dam could threaten its traditional share of Nile water.
State-run television reported that military commanders had visited the project site, during which they had voiced their readiness to “pay the price” to protect the dam, which they described as a “national project.”
According to state television, the visit – the first by military commanders to the site – came as part of activities marking Ethiopia’s Army Day.
Relations between Egypt and Ethiopia soured last year over a plan by the latter to build its Grand Renaissance Dam on the upper reaches of the Nile River – which has historically represented Egypt’s main source of water.
The controversial project raised alarm bells in Egypt, the Arab world’s most populous country, which fears a reduction of its traditional share of Nile water.
Water distribution among Nile Basin states has long been regulated by a colonial-era agreement granting Egypt and Sudan the lion’s share of the river’s water.
Ethiopia, for its part, is determined to build a series of dams in order to generate electricity, both for local consumption and export.
Full article: Ethiopia army voices readiness to pay the price for Nile dam (World Bulletin)