Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan resume talks on the great Ethiopian dam
Cairo, May 22 (Prensa Latina) After the failure of the last round in Washington, the talks on the great Ethiopian dam have a horizon today after the countries involved and in disagreement reiterated their willingness to resume the dialogues.
Egypt confirmed on Thursday its willingness to sit down again to talk with Ethiopia and Sudan about the filling and operation of the reservoir on the Blue Nile, the most controversial spots of the planned agenda to achieve a definitive deal that satisfies everyone.
That next meeting among irrigation ministers must be serious and constructive in order to accomplish a fair, balanced and comprehensive consensus that respects Egypt's rights to river water, as well as the interests of the other two countries, noted the Foreign Ministry in a press release.
The last round in Washington was a fiasco due to the impossibility of reaching a deal around the general operating regime of the dam that Ethiopia builds on the Blue Nile. Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and his Egyptian counterpart Abiy Ahmed Ali expressed yesterday their decision to resume the talks, prompting Cairo's immediate affirmative response.
In disagreement with the proposed deal drawn up in the US, Hamdok previously announced that his country would begin to fill the first part of the reservoir without causing damage to its neighbors as its owner.
Such perspective was rejected outright by Egypt and later by Sudan that insist on the need to agree in advance on technical conditions such as the speed at which the dam will be filled and measures aimed at mitigating the effects of prolonged droughts, among other issues.
The defense of the Nile is seen as an existential issue for its surrounding inhabitants whose lives revolve around the extensive watercourse, in the middle of an eminently desert country, dependent on that resource to develop agriculture, an important part of tourism, generate electricity and guarantee water supply.
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