Title: Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia reach an advanced stage on agreement on Ethiopian Dam
Author: SudaneseOnline News
Date: 02-15-2015, 04:54 PM
03:54 PM Feb, 15 2015
SudaneseOnline News-Khartoum Sudan
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Sudan's Minister of Water Resources and Electricity Moataz announced that three Nile basin countries (Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia) have reached an advanced stage on the political agreement on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Sudan’s minister told reporters in Addis Ababa on Saturday that he has attended a meeting held in the past two days in Addis Ababa at the level of Foreign Ministers of the three countries of behalf of Sudan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ali Karti, pointing out that the meeting was about GERD
The minister disclosed another meeting will be held during the two weeks in Cairo to complete the discussions and a framework agreement submitted to the Presidents of the three countries.
Meetings of a tripartite technical committee, set up in 2011, resumed last August following an eight-month hiatus due to ongoing differences between Cairo and Addis Ababa.
Last September, the tripartite committee decided to hire research firms tasked with assessing the project's anticipated trans-boundary and environmental impact.
Egypt fears the dam will negatively affect its traditional share of water from the Nile, its only source of water.
Ethiopia, for its part, says the project is indispensible to its own national development and the economic welfare of its burgeoning population.
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