Egypt says not to sign agreement that breaches its water rights

10:08, April 20, 2010      

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Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohammed Nassr Eddin Allam said on Monday his country is not going to sign any agreement that violates its rights to the River Nile water, state-run MENA news agency reported.

Addressing the Egyptian Parliament, Allam said Cairo will not sign the Cooperative Framework Agreement of the Nile Basin Countries unless there is a clear article that guarantees its current "water rights and usage."

The Egyptian minister added that the draft agreement in its current form without reaching a compromise over the main points of disagreement does not serve the interests of his country.

If the upstream countries signed the agreement unilaterally, " it (the agreement) will not be binding to Egypt and will not have a legal impact to its right in water," the Egyptian minister said, warning that Cairo preserves its right to taking whatever measures that protect its interest.

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