Talks resume over Ethiopian Nile dam dispute

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Talks between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan over a controversial dam project in Ethiopia have resumed.

Ministers from the three countries arrived in Cairo on Monday for a round of talks due to take place over two days. The meeting aims to resolve an ongoing dispute over Ethiopia’s Rennaissance dam project that poses a threat to the water supply of Ethiopia and Sudan from the Nile River that runs through nine different African nations.

Talks resume over Nile dam project

Previous attempts to broker a deal between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan over the dam project have all broken down with tension between Egypt and Ethiopia proving particularly challenging.

Egypt fears the construction of the dam will threaten its already dwindling water supply, which almost entirely comes from the River Niles final stop in the country before breaking out into the ocean. With Sudan and Egypt both situated further along the river Nile than Ethiopia, the two countries stand to be affected by the construction of the multibillion-dollar dam currently being built.

Egypt wants Ethiopia to agree to a minimum release of 40bn cubic metres of water from the dam per year. It’s also calling for the dam’s reservoir to be filled over a longer period of time to reduce the impact upon its water supply. Ethiopia currently expects to fill the reservoir over a four year period, which Egypt says leaves it vulnerable to drought conditions.

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.