Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan to agree Nile dam deal in weeks

Blue Nile dam

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan will agree a deal to fill the giant Blue Nile dam in two to three weeks, following mediation by the African Union to broker a deal to end a decade-long dispute over water supplies.

Tortuous negotiations over the years have left the two nations and their neighbour Sudan short of an agreement to regulate how Ethiopia will operate the dam and fill its reservoir, while protecting Egypt’s scarce water supplies from the Nile river. In the meantime, the $4bn hydropower project, which will have an installed capacity of 6,450 megawatts, is essential to its economic development. 

Ethiopia’s water minister, Seleshi Bekele, now said that consensus had been reached to finalise a deal within two to three weeks, a day after leaders from the three countries and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who chairs the African Union, held an online summit.

The deal to delay the filling, brokered by the African Union, ends months of stalled negotiations and signals the intention to solve the issue without foreign intervention. Cairo had appealed to the Council in a last-ditch diplomatic move aimed at stopping Ethiopia from filling the dam. The Council was expected to hold a public meeting on Monday to discuss the issue.

Ethiopia’s statement, however, reads the African Union, and not the UN Security Council, will assist the countries in the negotiations and provide technical support since the Nile and the Grand Renaissance Dam “are African issues that must be given African solutions.”

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