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Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia deadlocked on Nile dam

Christian Fernsby |
Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have failed to reach agreement at a new round of talks hosted by the African Union to regulate the flow of water from the giant Blue Nile hydropower dam built by Addis Ababa, the three countries said.

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The AU launched its mediation effort two weeks ago, involving eleven online sessions to end the deadlock over the filling and operation of the $4 billion (3.19 billion pounds) Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Blue Nile, which flows into the Nile river.

"Unchanged and additional and excessive demands of Egypt and Sudan prohibited the conclusion of this round of negotiation by an agreement," the Ethiopian foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

It did not elaborate but said Ethiopia was willing to show flexibility as talks would continue.

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