Uganda calls on Egypt to stop its egoism towards the Nile
Egypt-Uganda, Politics, 4/2/2004
President of Uganda, Yuri Mosoveini, yesterday called on Egypt to halt what he called its "egoistic approach" over the use of the waters of the Nile. He also called for reconsidering the treaty signed with Britain which gives Cairo the right to control the river.
Mosoveini explained in a conference on food in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, attended by the two Presidents of Niger and Senegal that "no one wants Egypt to suffer from hunger, this egoistic approchement on the use of the waters of the Nile should be stopped."
The treaty which was signed in 1929 between Egypt an Britain in its capacity as a representative for the East Africa colonies at that time, had given Cairo the actual control on the Nile. And also approved it the right of the veto on the use of waters that threatens the level of the river. Mosoveni said that the treaty should be amended. He added " this was made with the British, but not with us. we have to sit together with Egypt and to negotiate over another treaty." Uganda seeks to build more dams to produce electrical energy on the Nile with the aim of solve the critical shortage in its electricity power.
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