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Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan resume talks on large dam amid tensions

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CAIRO (AP) — A brand new spherical of talks between three African nations started Saturday, officers mentioned, geared toward resolving a yearslong dispute over an enormous dam Ethiopia is constructing on the Nile River’s most important tributary.

The three-day talks are happening in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the present chair of the African Union. The AU is mediating the negotiations between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

Egypt’s International Ministry mentioned in a press release that Cairo needs the negotiations to finally result in a legally binding settlement over the operation and filling of the dam’s huge reservoir.

International and irrigation ministers of the three nations had been attending the talks, together with consultants from the African Union, in response to Ethiopia’s Irrigation Minister Seleshi Bekele.

A Sudanese diplomat mentioned consultants from the three international locations and the African Union met Saturday, forward of ministers who would meet Sunday and Monday. He spoke on situation of anonymity as a result of he was not allowed to transient media.

Sudan mentioned it could participate within the Kinshasa spherical with an intention of agreeing on a “negotiating method” to make sure the talks could be constructive. That would come with an Egyptian-backed Sudanese proposal to incorporate the U.S., European Union and United Nations as mediators together with the AU, the International Ministry mentioned in a press release.

Ethiopia has rejected the proposal, saying it “believes in resolving African issues by Africans.”

The dispute facilities on the velocity at which a deliberate reservoir is crammed behind the dam, the tactic of its annual replenishment, and the way a lot water Ethiopia will launch downstream if a multi-year drought happens. One other level of distinction is how the three international locations would settle any future disputes.

Egypt and Sudan desire a legally binding settlement on the dam’s filling and operation, whereas Ethiopia insists on tips.

The talks in Kinshasa come just a few days after Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi mentioned his nation’s share of Nile River waters had been “untouchable” — a stark warning apparently to Ethiopia, which is making ready for an additional stage of the dam’s filling later this yr.

El-Sissi warned Tuesday of “instability that nobody can think about” within the area if the dam’s is crammed and operated with out a legally binding settlement.

Bekele, the Ethiopian minister, mentioned his nation “as at all times is set for principled, equitable and affordable utilization with out inflicting important hurt,” in response to Ethiopia’s official information company.

Egypt is a largely desert nation that depends upon the Nile for nearly all of its water wants. It fears {that a} fast fill would drastically scale back the Nile’s move, with probably extreme results on its agriculture and different sectors.

Ethiopia says the $5 billion dam is crucial, arguing that the overwhelming majority of its inhabitants lacks electrical energy. The dam will generate over 6,400 megawatts of electrical energy, a large increase to the nation’s present manufacturing of 4,000 megawatts.

Sudan needs Ethiopia to coordinate and share information on the dam’s operation to keep away from flooding and defend its personal power-generating dams on the Blue Nile, the primary tributary of the Nile River. The Blue Nile meets with the White Nile in central Sudan. From there the Nile winds northward by Egypt and flows into the Mediterranean Sea.

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