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Daily Nation : February 6th 2014
DAILY NATION Thursday February 6, 2014 PROTEST | Asylum-seekers suffer Africa News 27 Abduction cases on sharp rise in Africa, says official ALGIERS, Wednesday Director of the African Cen- tre for Studies and Research in Terrorism (ACSRT), Jose Francisco Madeira, said yesterday in Algiers that over 35 per cent of abduction cases perpetuated by terrorist groups to seek ransoms occurred in Africa, APS news agency reported. Addressing the regional workshop on the “reactivation of the Memorandum of Algiers on the fight against kidnapping and ransom payment”, Ambassador Madeira stressed on the predominance of these acts in Africa, more especially in the Sahel region. He added that kidnapping for ransoms escalated as “international terrorism took a new form with the decentralisation of al-Qaida into independent groups forced to seek their own sources of International terrorism took a new form with the decentralisation of al-Qaida into independent groups’’ Mr Jose Francisco Madeira, centre’s director funding.” Several countries involved in the issue of the fight against terrorism take part in this regional meeting, including the United States, Canada, China and African and Arab states. Mr Madeira said kidnap- pings in Africa were mostly boosted by the lack of facilities and financial and human resources, crime, imbalance in resources distribution and political instability. (Xinhua) PHOTO | AFP African asylum seekers, who entered Israel illegally via Egypt, use blankets to protect themselves from the cold during a protest in Tel Aviv’s Levinski Park yesterday. The migrants, primarily from Eritrea and Sudan, are protesting against Israel’s refusal to grant them refugee status. TOUR | Learning session Young Egyptian diplomats seek end to dam row Envoy tells of team being the builders of bridges ‘for future of our relations’ BY ANDUALEM SISAY NATION Correspondent Addis Ababa, Wednesday A s Ethiopia’s 6,000 megawatts hydro dam under-construction on the Nile water continues to be of concern to Egypt, 43 young diplomats have arrived in Ethiopia to smooth the relationship between the two Nile River sharing countries. “We as Egyptian never stand against development projects in Ethiopia,” said Mr Mohammad Abdelwahad, one of the young Egyptian diplomats currently studying at the Diplomatic Institute of Egypt that is financed by Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “If Ethiopia developed projects that will not harm Egypt, we are more than happy to even support by any means,” he told The Daily Nation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia following a media briefing session the embassy organised this afternoon. The future diplomats of Egypt are to visit Ethiopia for five days to meet various people and officials in the country and the African Union to prepare themselves for their next diplomatic carrier. Introducing the young diplomats, Mr Mohamed Edrees, Ambassador of Egypt to Ethiopia and permanent representative to the African Union and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa said: “These are bridge builders for the future of our relation.” “We have also to be forwardlooking to leave for our future generation a recipe for understanding and for cooperation; not a recipe for disagreement and misunderstanding,” he said. The Ambassador noted that decisions related to the use of the Nile River for big projects should be done in a collective manner by riparian countries ‘‘to make things better and better’’. Following Ethiopia’s govern- ment launch of the $5 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) in April 2011, many Egyptians including politicians have been expressing 43 Number of young diplomats visiting Addis Ababa their concern stating that the dam will reduce Egypt’s historical share of the water. To address the concern, Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt assigned the International Panel of Experts including external water experts to assess the impact of the dam, which finally handed over its confidential report to the governments of the three countries.
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