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Egypt meets with Nile basin countries

Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia met on Monday in Khartoum to discuss the impact of Ethiopia’s development of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on Egypt and Sudan

Egypt’s water could be under strain in the very near future. Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia met on Monday in Khartoum to discuss the impact of Ethiopia’s development of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on Egypt and Sudan, who are both very concerned about the effect the dam will have on their access to Nile water.

The three countries set up an international panel of experts in May 2012 to measure the impact of the dam building project. The meeting between technical experts from Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan, all eastern Nile countries, also discussed future development and water sharing challenges in advance of a meeting in July in Kigali, Rwanda with a more complex agenda.

The theme of the meeting is going to be “Institutional Sustainability for Delivery of Basin-wide Benefits” and aims to discuss more equitable distribution of Nile water among member states.

One of the more controversial issues being discussed in July is the Cooperative Framework Agreement (CFA) which could see smaller shares of the Nile water for Egypt and Sudan who currently receive more than 90% of the river’s water.

In protest over the CFA, Egypt and Sudan threatened to freeze their activities in the Nile Basin Initiative which is an association made up of the ministers responsible for water affairs of each of the nine member states, after the agreement was negotiated by only six of the member countries.

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  • Tagesse

    Ethiopia has the right to build her own dam in her water on her land.85 % of Nile water is the product of Ethiopian highlands.We do not bother about the socalled Nritish colonial era treaty.We were not colononized and we could not bind by that treaty. The tone of Egyptian is still on Mubareks era. Ethiopians should stand gloves in hand to build the dam. Ethiopian historians, scholars and blogerd should write about nile.Most destructive and damaging articles are written on Egyptian sides.Sudaneses are positive about Ethiopian dam.
    Please,the Ethiopian government and blogers write about the Ethio
    pian Nile Dam.We should feed our people.So many people are dying in immigration due to our poverty for instance the death of 60 Ethiopian immmigrants when the boat capsised in Malawi and the suffocat
    ion of Ethiopian immigrants in Tanzanians trucks.
    God bless Ethiopia

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  • We Ethiopians need to hurt neither the Sudanese nor Egyptians. We just want to use the godly gifted river together. We understand the only water from which Egyptians drink,wash,grow crops is Abay/Nile/. Do you think people with pure mentality and kind consideration are a threat? I don’t think so. But the best and most civilized approach for Egyptians toward Ethiopians should be peacefully, ‘Nile is our life. Your life doesn’t get affected because you have many rivers. Go dam but take us into consideration.’ This is not being inferior. Times to threaten have gone by. I strongly believe using Nile fairly is advantageous for All. Peace for Africa.

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