Egypt calls on active US role mediating Nile dam impasse with Ethiopia

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Egypt has urged international mediation over what it called a "deadlock" in talks in Sudan over a massive dam under construction on the Nile River, sparking fresh tensions with Ethiopia.


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Negotiations between the three countries have been at a stalemate for years after Ethiopia began constructing the Grand Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile in 2012.

Ethiopia says the project is needed to provide electricity.

But Egypt is concerned the huge dam will severely reduce its water supplies and says it has "historic rights" to the river guaranteed by decades-old treaties.

Egypt "called for the involvement of an international party in the Renaissance Dam negotiations to mediate between the three countries," the irrigation ministry said in a statement late Saturday after a new round of talks ended in Khartoum.

An impasse was reached after Ethiopia "rejected all the proposals that take Egypt's water interests into account," the ministry added.

It said Ethiopia presented a proposal that "lacked guarantees" of the minimum water flow as well as how to deal with possible droughts.

The Ethiopian foreign ministry rejected Egypt's call for international mediation as "an unwarranted denial of the progress" of talks.

"It also goes against the consent and wishes of Ethiopia," it added.

The Egyptian presidency called on the United States to play "an active role" in the issue, invoking the need for an international party to "overcome the deadlock".

The White House had on Friday expressed "support" for the negotiations, urging all sides "to put forth good faith efforts to reach an agreement".

Ethiopia however dismissed Cairo's assessment of the latest negotiations.

"The allegation that talks ended in a deadlock is completely false," Ethiopian Minister for Water and Energy Selishi Bekele told reporters on Saturday.

He said that "some progress has been made&Read More – Source

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