Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Ethiopia dam talks 'a success': Sudan minister

Ethiopia's Great Renaissance Dam is constructed in Guba Woreda, some 40 km (25 miles) from Ethiopia's border with Sudan, June 28, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)
Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia reached agreement on many issues raised by technical committee on Ethiopia's Nile dam during talks in Khartoum, says Sudanese water resources minister
Sudan's water resources minister has declared tripartite talks on Ethiopia's dam a success.
The second set of talks involving Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia solved many problems, Motaz Moussa said at a press conference on Tuesday.

The three countries were discussing recommendations made by an international technical committee on the dam project. It was the second round of talks.

Ethiopia's planned $4.2 billion hydroelectric dam on the Blue Nile has been a source of concern for the Egyptian government, which fears the project could negatively impact the volume of Nile water reaching Egypt. Sudan, another downstream country, could also be affected by the dam.

Moussa added that some concerns had not been tackled and would be discussed in the third round of talks planned for 4 and 5 January 2014.

Attending the conference, which began in Khartoum on Saturday, was Egyptian Water Resources Minister Mohamed Abdel-Moteleb and Ethiopia's Irrigation Minister Alamayo Tegno, alongside Sudan's Motaz Moussa.