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Egypt,Ethiopia to resume negotiations on Nile

17 July 2014, 18:06

Addis Abba - The Ethiopian Government is to resume tripartite talks with Egypt and Sudan to resolve controversies surrounding Ethiopia's 6,000 MW Hydro-electric Dam project on the Nile River.

Dina Mufti, the spokesperson of Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, disclosed this to newsmen in Addis Ababa on Thursday.

According to him, Egypt has agreed to resume the tripartite negotiations with Ethiopia and Sudan on the use of the Nile waters.

Mufti said the talks would centre on the seven-point agreement reached between Ethiopia's Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, and President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt.

The spokesperson said that the agreement was reached at the just-concluded AU Assembly in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.

He said resumption of activities of the tripartite technical committee tasked with implementation of recommendation of International Panel of Experts (IPoE) would be discussed.

The Committee’s work was suspended in January, following Egypt withdrawal and objection to the dam project. 

The Nile River is shared by Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan based on an International Committee’s report that the project would not affect the flow of the river. 

Sudan supported Ethiopia on the project that is currently at 34 per cent completion, and 
is expected to be completed in 2017.

It is being financed solely by the Ethiopian Government at the cost of  four billion dollars.

Egypt had raised objection, arguing that the project, if allowed to continue, would deny Egyptians more than 80 per cent of its source of water supply.

The ministry official said the committee's activities were suspended in January, adding that the committee would evolve mechanism for forming a sub-committee that would conduct two studies on the Nile River. 

"These will involve a hydrology simulation model and a trans-boundary social, economic and environmental impact assessment," the official added.  

Mufti said the sub-committee would comprise members drawn from the three affected countries and would be saddled with the responsibility of selecting contractors for the studies.



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