NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — After years of failed talks, Ethiopia and Egypt mentioned Thursday they goal to finalize inside 4 months an settlement on the operations of Africa’s largest dam, an obvious breakthrough in a dispute that Cairo has described as an existential menace.
The joint assertion on “expedited negotiations,” issued by Ethiopia’s authorities, got here after Ethiopia’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, mentioned the dam with Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi on the sidelines of a regional meeting in regards to the battle in neighboring Sudan.
Sudan is a 3rd celebration to the talks in regards to the $4.6 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on Ethiopia’s stretch of the Blue Nile, which is positioned simply 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the Sudanese border.
Egypt will depend on the Nile River to produce its booming inhabitants of 100 million with recent water, whereas Ethiopia says the dam helps to tug tens of millions of its 110 million residents out of poverty. Tensions rose as the dam’s reservoir began to be filled annually up to now few years.
The brand new assertion doesn’t describe the foreseen settlement as a legally binding one, which Egypt and Sudan have sought. It additionally doesn’t say whether or not the talks might be beneath the auspices of the African Union, which Ethiopia has most well-liked. The US has been amongst quite a lot of mediators up to now.
In a separate assertion, the president of the African Union Fee, Moussa Faki Mahamat, counseled the Ethiopian and Egyptian leaders for his or her “joint resolution” to reinitiate the negotiations on the dam.
Key questions within the talks have been how the nations will resolve any future disputes across the dam and the way a lot water Ethiopia will launch downstream if a multi-year drought happens.