BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:10 P.M.) – In a state released on Friday, Ethiopia’s Deputy Chief of Staff, General Birhanu Jula threatened war against Egypt, saying that his country “will defend its interests to the end” on the issue of the Renaissance Dam.
Jula said, in an interview with the Amharic Addis Zimen newspaper, that Addis Ababa would not negotiate its sovereignty over the project, which raises a sharp dispute with Egypt.
He continued that “Egypt does not know that the Ethiopian people are a heroic people who are not afraid of death for their country, and the Egyptians and the rest of the world know very well how we can manage the war whenever its time comes.”
The Ethiopian general accused Egypt of “using its weapons to threaten other countries not to take advantage of common water,” and he said: “Our path of progress must be cooperation and in a fair manner.”
He continued: “All the keys to victory are in the hands of the Ethiopians. The Egyptians possess a large variety of weapons that they collected for 30 and 40 years, because they are afraid of trying to touch the shared waters. Their leaders should not believe this.”
The Renaissance Dam dispute has caused friction between the two African nations, prompting both sides to issue warnings to one another.