Nile Dam Deadlock: Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan Agree To AU-Led Talks | AfriTV Online

The great leaders of Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt collectively agreed to revert to talks aimed at attaining an accord over Ethiopia’s new hydroelectric dam situated on the Blue Nile. Ethiopia’s water and energy minister, Seleshi Bekele made c...

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Nile Dam Deadlock: Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan Agree To AU-Led Talks

Published by: Tobiloba Chelsea
06/29/2020 02:45 PM

The great leaders of Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt collectively agreed to revert to talks aimed at attaining an accord over Ethiopia’s new hydroelectric dam situated on the Blue Nile.


Ethiopia’s water and energy minister, Seleshi Bekele made confirmations highlighting that three nations had made decisions during the Summit of Africa Union to finalize an agreement and revive stalled negotiations, centered around the mega project, with support from AU.


The announcements made by the three nations was a modest, remitted from several days of escalating tensions and bellicose rhetoric tensions over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam worth $4.6 billion, which Ethiopia had promised to commence filling as soon as the rainy season starts by July.


Until the countries reach a deal, Sudan and Egypt cautions Ethiopia to abstain from filling the dam by next month July. Ethiopia, however, did not comment explicitly on the start of the filling period. Ethiopia describes its crucial lifeline to bring millions of citizens out of poverty, as the country hinged its development ambition on the colossal dam.


Just a few days ago, Gedu Andargachew, Ethiopian Foreign Minister, says that the country could commence the dam reservoir filling unilaterally, seeing that the current Sudan and Egypt talks failed to attain an accord governing how the reservoir dam will be filled and operated.


After a video conference anchored by South Africa, Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, Egyptian President said that “Every party” had vowed not to take “any form of unilateral action” in line with filling the dam without an official final agreement.

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