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New round of Ethiopian dam talks in Addis Ababa after two weeks: Sudanese sources

According to Sudanese diplomatic sources, a new round of dam talks will be held after two weeks

Ahram Online , Monday 28 Dec 2015
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Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour (C) speaks during a joint press conference with delegates from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan following another round of talks on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project that has strained ties between Cairo and Addis Ababa in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on December 27, 2015 (AFP)
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A new round of tripartite talks between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan will take place after two weeks with the aim of resolving disagreements over Ethiopia's construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam, informed Sudanese diplomatic sources told Ahram Arabic news website on Monday. 

The foreign affairs and irrigation ministers from Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia will sit to discuss the remaining points of difference regarding the project between the three countries.

According to the diplomatic sources, Ethiopia agreed to host a separate meeting regarding the dam in Addis Ababa next week.

The sources also revealed that during the current round of talks that took place in Khartoum on 27 and 28 December, Ethiopia agreed on Egypt's suggestion to increase the number of gates in the dam in order to ensure the flow of water to Egypt and Sudan.

A technical committee of experts from the three countries will visit the location of the dam to make an inspection of its construction. 

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, that is scheduled to be completed in 2017, will be Africa's largest hydroelectric power plant with a storage capacity of 74 billion cubic metres of water.

Egypt has repeatedly expressed concerns that filling and operating the dam on the Blue Nile will negatively affect its water supply. However, Ethiopia has consistently rejected the claims.

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gustafo
29-12-2015 08:05am
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We'll finish our dam
I think the Egyptian should accept that GERD is inevitable and a reality on the ground. What you should do is pray to God or Allah to provide more than sufficient rain to Ethiopia. Otherwise the water is ours. We have the right to use it. If there is excess water, we Ethiopians are so generous and kind so that we will give it you. What I am advising you is that please be smart and think alternative way of getting another water source. This what a smart government should do and what a brilliant press must write about.
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kal
29-12-2015 07:37am
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What else ?
I do not think Egyptians will still be satisfied to the commitments of Ethiopia. Their desire is only to see a poor and destabilized Ethiopia and the rest of black Africans.The depth of Selfishness!
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