Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan end Nile dam talks without accord

Trilateral talks on a controversial dam project ended in Khartoum without an agreement.

Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan end Nile dam talks without accord

World Bulletin / News Desk

Trilateral talks between Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia on a controversial Ethiopian dam project ended Sunday in Khartoum without an agreement.

Following the talks, Egyptian Minister of Irrigation Mohamed Abdel-Muttalib said the Egyptian side has put forward proposals for cooperation between the three countries.

"But the Ethiopian side refused to even discuss it," he added.

Sunday's talks were the third attempt by the three countries to reach an agreement on forming a committee that will be tasked with overseeing the construction of a huge Ethiopian dam on the Blue Nile.

Sudanese Minister of Water Resources and Electricity Moataz Moussa said a new round of talks will be held between the three countries.

He, however, gave no date for the next meeting, saying the date will be set after each party returns home for more consultations.

Ethiopia's plans to build the dam have raised fears in Cairo that the move would threaten Egypt's historical share of the historical river, which represents the country's primary water source.

In May, Addis Ababa diverted the flow of the river, further raising concerns in Cairo.

A tripartite committee of experts from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan was drawn up in 2011 and tasked with assessing the dam's possible environmental, economic and social effects on downstream countries Egypt and Sudan.

The committee, which includes ten water experts from the three countries along with international experts, recently called for further study of safety issues related to the dam's construction and the project's possible impact on the two downstream states.

Ethiopia, for its part, insists the new dam will benefit Egypt and Sudan, both of which will be invited to purchase electricity generated by it.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Ocak 2014, 16:23
tekle - 8 yıl Önce

Ethiopia has tried to convince egypt on the positive impacts of the dam to the down stream countries many times. It was not necessary to talk with them to use our resources. We have the right to use it as we want and to what we want it. We did not harvest water from egypt, we are only using our resources which a gift to ethiopia. If they need water, our resources, they have to buy it, no free reso

Observer - 8 yıl Önce

It's not about the water budget Egypt is worried at all.This dam is at the border of Ethiopia and Sudan where there is no irrgable land for Ethiopia.Ethiopia gave repeated assurances that water will continue to flow. Sudan said the dam is benefical to them!The bottomline is Egypt wants to undermine Ethiopia in the region!!!Egypt doesn't want Ethiopia to rise in the horn of Africa.

Abraham - 8 yıl Önce

Ethiopia should use the river to feed its people and to improve general hygiene of the people. Ethiopia should also cultivate the land to produce food for export to pay for medicine. Electricity for its people. These are necessity. Egypt use the river to attract tourists for golf club and river crouse. Egypt should not become obstacle for development.

Abraham - 8 yıl Önce

I come across an article "“Revolution of the Thirsty”. Egypt and the Privatization of Water" by a professor from USA. I am not surprised the Egypt government insisting on the water right. I learn the water is used by few for lexury and profit but the Majority Egyptians are told it is the Ethiopians. Let there be water for the Egyptian people and not the developers.

n.g - 8 yıl Önce

Cairo has taken the worst road, by trying to hurt, one of Ethiopian source of hard currency, when they told the Saudis to kick Ethiopian immigrates out, and also, by trying to use Al-Shebab, as we have seen, the failed attempt in Addis Ababa. Addis said enough, by starting the S. Sudan conflict, to stop the only viable alternate for Egypt's water security, the Congo river canal. So, what's next?