Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan reach agreement on Nile dispute

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan reach agreement on Nile dispute

Photo credit: REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri.

Abu Zeid tweeted that the "mediation meeting regarding the Renaissance Dam ended successfully in Addis Ababa".

"One more step towards Ethiopia: we draw a roadmap that, if successful, will be able to break the difficulties faced", concluded Foreign Affairs spokesperson Meles Alem.

Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia have agreed to create a scientific committee dedicated to the mega-dam built by Ethiopia on the Blue Nile, thus ending months of deadlock on their discussions.

According to documents obtained by the Associated Press, the scientific study group will discuss "various scenarios related to the filling and operation rules in accordance with the principle of equitable and reasonable utilization of shared water resources while taking all appropriate measures to prevent the causing of significant harm". 15 countries will make up the study group, with meeting locations to be rotated between the the three founding countries, and after three months of meetings the results of the group negotiations will be presented to the countries' water ministers.

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The Tuesday night agreement was reached upon the conclusion of their second tripartite high-level ministerial meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

Egypt's President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi announced that the negotiations on the control of water resources of the Nile, which was fought with the Sudan and Ethiopia failed to achieve a breakthrough.

The Renaissance dam is expected to become Africa's largest hydropower plant with a production of 6,000 megawatts.

Cairo fears the dam could negatively affect the flow of its annual share of the Nile River, estimated at 55.5 billion cubic meters per year.

Worldwide agreements signed in 1929 and 1959, Egypt is guaranteed to 87% of the Nile waters.

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