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Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt still without agreement on Grand Renaissance Dam

Staff Writer |
Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt are still awaiting an agreement on the impact that the construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam can have over the distribution of the Nile's water supply, it was reported today in this capital.

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Cairo, in particular, fears that the dam project, carried out by the Ethiopian government, will reduce the flow of water to the country after completion.

The massive dam, which according to experts will take years to fill, will be the largest hydroelectric power plant in Africa when completed.

During the last conversations about the issue, it was impossible that irrigation ministers of the three nations reach consensus on the procedures to be followed, for reasons that were not specified, according to the statement issued by the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The text pointed out that the next round of talks is scheduled for May 15.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri warned last month that 'Egypt will not accept the status quo' and 'will continue to defend the interests of its people regarding the Nile by several means.'

The former presidents of that country warned that any attempt to build dams along the Nile will be met with military actions, but current President, Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, repeatedly stressed that the country has no intention to go to war over the issue.

Meanwhile, Addis Ababa insists that the dam would not cut down the flow of water into Egypt.

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