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Egypt and Ethiopia vow to defuse Blue Nile dam row(BBC)

Posted by Ethio Tribune on June 18, 2013

Diversion ceremony at the Blue Nile in Guba, Ethiopia. 28 May 2013 Ethiopia says the dam project will not affect countries downstream.

Ethiopia and Egypt have agreed to hold further talks to quell tensions over the building of a new dam on the Blue Nile, their foreign ministers say.

Ethiopia’s Tedros Adhanom said the two nations have chosen to swim rather than sink together, AFP news agency reports.

He met his Egyptian counterpart Kamel Amr after Egypt opposed Ethiopia’s plans for a hydroelectric dam.

Egypt is worried that the dam will reduce the water supply vital for its 84 million people.

Last week, Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi said he did not want war but he would not allow Egypt’s water supply to be endangered by the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

Mr Morsi said he was keeping “all options open”.

Previous statements about the dam had been made “in the heat of the moment”, Mr Amr said, at a joint press conference with Mr Tedros in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, AFP reports.

“We are embarking on a period of mutual cooperation,” Mr Amr is quoted by Bloomberg news agency as saying.

“We’re looking to the future and I think the future will be very good for both of us.”

In a joint statement, Mr Amr and Mr Tedros said that relations between Egypt and Ethiopia remained “brotherly” and talks to assess the impact of the dam would continue…click here to read full story

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