Saturday, January 16, 2021

Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia say talks on disputed dam deadlocked

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia failed to realize a breakthrough within the African Union-led talks to revolve their years-long dispute over the controversial dam that Ethiopia is constructing on the Blue Nile, the three nations introduced on Sunday.

Overseas and irrigation ministers of the three nations met on-line for the second time in per week in efforts to seek out an agreed method to renew their talks targeted on the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopia Renaissance Dam.

Sunday’s assembly, held over videoconference, failed to seek out widespread floor to extra ahead, “due to variations over the best way to resume the talks and procedural points associated to the negotiating course of,” Egyptian international ministry mentioned in a press release.

Cairo and Addis Ababa rejected the Sudanese proposal, Egypt’s international ministry mentioned.

Ethiopia’s international ministry additionally mentioned Sudan on Sunday rejected a proposal by South African to satisfy individually with AU specialists, insisting on increasing the position of the specialists first.

Sudan’s Irrigation Minister Yasser Abbas mentioned his authorities insists on maximizing the position of AU specialists to have them facilitate the negotiations and bridge the gaps between the three nations, in keeping with Sudan’s state-run SUNA information company.

In November, Sudan boycotted talks referred to as by South African, the present chairman of the African Union, and argued that the negotiating method to resolve the dispute proved unfruitful.

Key questions within the negotiations stay on how a lot water Ethiopia will launch downstream if a multi-year drought happens and the way the three nations would settle any future disputes. Egypt and Sudan name for a legally binding settlement on the dam’s filling and operation, whereas Ethiopia insists on tips.

Ethiopia is constructing the dam on the Blue Nile, which joins the White Nile in Sudan to develop into the Nile River, and about 85% of the river’s move originates from Ethiopia. Officers hope the dam, now greater than three-quarters full, will attain full power-generating capability in 2023, serving to pull thousands and thousands of its folks out of poverty.

Egypt, the Arab world’s most populous nation with over 100 million folks, referred to as the dam an existential risk and worries that it might cut back its share of Nile waters. The nation depends virtually totally on the Nile to provide water for agriculture and its folks.

Sudan, within the center between Ethiopia and Egypt, warries that the dam would have an effect on its personal dams, although it stands to profit from entry to doable low cost electrical energy.

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