Egypt, Ethiopia to resume negotiations on Nile Dam project

Hydro-electricity-dam17 July 2014, Addis Ababa – The Ethiopian Government is to resume the talks with Egypt and Sudan to resolve controversies surrounding Ethiopia’s ongoing 6,000 MW Hydro-electric Dam project on the Nile River.

Spokesperson of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Dina Mufti,  told journalists on Thursday in Addis Ababa that Egypt had agreed to resume the tripartite negotiations with Ethiopia and Sudan on the use of the Nile waters.

Mufti announced that the talks would resume soon based on the seven-point agreement reached between Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, and President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt at the just concluded AU Assembly in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.

He said one of the areas set out for the talks would be the resumption of the activities of the tripartite technical committee tasked with the implementation of the recommendation of the International Panel of Experts.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the committee’s work was suspended in January, following Egypt’s withdrawal and objection on the ongoing dam project on the Nile River.

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

Sudan had supported Ethiopia on the project that is currently at 34 per cent, being financed solely by the Ethiopian government and is expected to be completed in 2017 at the cost of four billion dollars.

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

According the official, the committee’s activities were suspended in January but assured that it would start it up from where it left, following the suspension.

The committee is expected to evolve the mechanism to form a sub-committee that would conduct two proposed studies on the Nile River with the dam project on going.


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