Thursday, December 2, 2010

Egypt begged US not to support South Sudanese Referendum

“The result would be the creation of a non-viable state that could threaten Egypt's access to the Nile waters,” says an Egyptian foreign ministry official quoted in the cable. The official suggested that the 2011 referendum be postponed for four to six years until the "capacity for statehood in South Sudan can be developed.” The issue of South Sudanese secession has been a contentious one for Egyptian officials as Sudan remains a key Egyptian ally in on-going disputes with Nile Basin countries over water shares. A divided Sudan, Egypt fears, can compromise Egyptian water security interests and further tilt the balance of power in favor of upstream countries who want increased control over the Nile waters. Read more...

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