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Ethiopia accuses Egypt, Sudan of stalling Nile dam talks

Christian Fernsby |
Ethiopia has accused Egypt and Sudan of having stalled the latest round of talks on the Nile dam convened in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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DRC's President Felix Tshekedi, who is also the current African Union chairperson, convened the talks on April 3-5 to resolve the decade-long dispute.

Ethiopia has been facing opposition from Egypt since it launched the $5-billion dam on the Nile in 2011.

Egypt fears the dam would lessen the flow of water downstream.

Ethiopia maintains that the scheme is vital to provide much-needed electricity for millions of homes and industries as well as for exports to neighboring countries.

The latest talks ended with a positive response from Ethiopia but were met with rejections from Egypt and Sudan, another stakeholder.

"The two countries (Egypt and Sudan) followed an approach that seeks to undermine the AU-led process and to take the matter out of the African platform," said a statement issued after talks concluded.

"At the conclusion of the meeting, Ethiopia supported the draft communique submitted by the AU Chairperson with minor adjustments," it said. "However, Egypt and Sudan rejected the draft demanding observers' role to replace that of the three countries and the AU."

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