- Title: Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan to agree Nile dam deal in weeks
- Date: 27th June 2020
- Summary: GUBA, ETHIOPIA (FILE - SEPTEMBER 27, 2019) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** RENAISSANCE DAM VARIOUS OF DAM WALL WITH WATER POURING THROUGH VARIOUS OF BULLDOZERS AT DAM SITE VARIOUS OF CONSTRUCTION WORKERS AMONGST METAL RODS IN DAM WALLS KHARTOUM, SUDAN (FILE - MARCH 23, 2015) (REUTERS) EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT, ABDEL FATTAH AL-SISI, SIGNING COOPERATION DEAL CONCERNING ETHIOPIA'S GRAND RENAISSANCE DAM FORMER ETHIOPIAN PRIME MINISTER, HAILEMARIAM DESALEGN, SIGNING DEAL FORMER SUDANESE PRESIDENT, OMAR AL-BASHIR, SIGNING DEAL VARIOUS OF SISI, DESALEGN AND BASHIR SHAKING HANDS AFTER SIGNING DEAL WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (FILE - JANUARY 13, 2020) (REUTERS) MEMBERS OF EGYPTIAN DELEGATION SPEAKING INSIDE OF U.S. TREASURY BUILDING GROUNDS BEFORE TALKS WITH ETHIOPIA AND SUDAN TO RESOLVE DISPUTES OVER THE DAM PROJECT MEMBERS OF ETHIOPIAN DELEGATION ENTERING GATE TO TREASURY BUILDING MEMBERS OF ETHIOPIAN DELEGATION WAITING AT SECURITY KIOSK WIDE OF TREASURY BUILDING CAIRO, EGYPT (FILE - JUNE 5, 2013) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF RIVER NILE DAKAHLIYA, EGYPT (FILE - JUNE 4, 2013) (REUTERS) FARMERS STANDING ON DRY AGRICULTURAL LAND VARIOUS OF DRY CRACKED LAND VARIOUS OF FARMER USING HANDS TO DIG UP SOIL ON DRY LAND GROUP OF FARMERS STANDING ON DRY LAND FARMER HOLDING DRY SOIL
- Embargoed: 11th July 2020 10:17
- Keywords: Egypt Ethiopia Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam River Nile Sudan deal agreed
- Location: INTERNET / GUBA, ETHIOPIA / KHARTOUM, SUDAN / WASHINGTON D.C., UNITED STATES / CAIRO AND DAKAHLIYA, EGYPT
- City: INTERNET / GUBA, ETHIOPIA / KHARTOUM, SUDAN / WASHINGTON D.C., UNITED STATES / CAIRO AND DAKAHLIYA, EGYPT
- Country: Ethiopia
- Topics: Environment,Precipitation
- Reuters ID: LVA002CK59P3B
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan will agree a deal to fill the giant Blue Nile dam in two to three weeks, following mediation by the African Union to broker a deal to end a decade-long dispute over water supplies.
Tortuous negotiations over the years have left the two nations and their neighbour Sudan short of an agreement to regulate how Ethiopia will operate the dam and fill its reservoir, while protecting Egypt's scarce water supplies from the Nile river.
Ethiopia's water minister, Seleshi Bekele, said on Saturday (June 27) that consensus had been reached to finalise a deal within two to three weeks, a day after leaders from the three countries and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who chairs the African Union, held an online summit.
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is being built about 15 km (nine miles) from the border with Sudan on the Blue Nile, the source of most of the Nile's waters.
Ethiopia says the $4 billion hydropower project, which will have an installed capacity of 6,450 megawatts, is essential to its economic development.
Ethiopia's Prime Minister's Office said that the three countries agreed that the Nile and the Grand Renaissance Dam "are African issues that must be given African solutions."
The deal to delay the filling, brokered by the African Union, ends months of stalled negotiations and signals the intention to solve the issue without foreign intervention.
Ethiopia's statement said the African Union, and not the U.N. Security Council, will assist the countries in the negotiations and provide technical support.
Cairo had appealed to the Council in a last-ditch diplomatic move aimed at stopping Ethiopia from filling the dam. The Council was expected to hold a public meeting on Monday to discuss the issue.
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