EGYPT, ETHIOPIA AND SUDAN AGREE TO RESOLVE DIFFERENCES OVER GRAND ETHIOPIAN RENNASIANCE DAM.
Written by COMFORT 95.1FM on November 7, 2019
Foreign ministers of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have agreed to work towards resolving their dispute over the filling and operation of a massive dam project in Ethiopia by January 15, 2020.
In a joint statement released after U.S. Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin hosted talks to work out differences over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, the ministers said they would attend further meetings in Washington on December 9 and January 13 to assess progress in their negotiations.
Egypt fears the filling of the dam reservoir on the Blue Nile tributary will restrict already scarce supplies of water from the Nile, on which the country is almost entirely dependent.
Ethiopia says the hydroelectric dam, which will be Africa’s largest, is crucial to its economic development.
The statement indicated that if an agreement is not reached by January 15, 2020, the Article 10 of the 2015 Declaration of Principles will be invoked.