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Ethiopian Nile diversion move won't affect river flow: Ministry of Irrigation

The Egyptian government plays down significance of Ethiopia's decision to divert Nile for dam

Ahram Online, Tuesday 28 May 2013
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Mohamed Bahaa El-Din, Egypt's Minister of Irrigation (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Egypt will not accept any project that has negative impacts on the Nile water flow, stated the Egyptian Ministry of Irrigation on Tuesday regarding the Ethiopian move to divert the Blue Nile as part of a dam-building project.

However, the ministry added that Ethiopia’s diversion of the Blue Nile’s course will not stop the water flow, saying that today’s developments were an engineering procedure related to the construction of the dam.

According to the statement, the Egyptian government is still waiting for Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia’s joint committee on the matter to issue its report on the impact of the planned Renaissance Dam. The report is expected in a few days.

The government has prepared strategies to deal with a number of different scenarios, depending on the contents of the final report, the statement said.

Ethiopia said on Monday it will begin on Tuesday diverting the course of the Blue Nile, one of the Nile River’s two major tributaries, as part of its project to build a new dam.

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