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Trilateral talks on Grand Ethiopian Dam resumed

Jan 10, 2021
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10 de enero de 2021, 11:4Addis Ababa, Jan 10 (Prensa Latina) Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan resumed on Sunday negotiations to agree on how to fill and operate the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), in a round sponsored by South Africa, president pro tempore of the African Union (AU).

Last week, these countries should have analyzed pending topics in order to move forward to establish an agreement, and they failed to do it again.

Last Sunday, foreign and water affairs ministers analyzed a document submitted by the AU to conduct the discussion, but Cairo categorically rejected it.

Meanwhile, Addis Ababa agreed to use it, but with objections, and Khartoum highlighted its importance, besides expressing its will to continue the dialogue with the involvement of AU experts.

Invited by Ethiopia, on Jan.4, the ministerial teams would carry out a balance of the negotiating process; however, the virtual meeting was cancelled because the Sudanese delegation did not attend it.

According to a statement circulated here, there is consensus on several aspects, although differences regarding the correlation of forces between the rule of the dam and the future of the Blue Nile are still big.

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