Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Egypt and Ethiopia vow to defuse Blue Nile dam row

(Jun 18, 2013, (BBC))--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.

Sudan's role
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. Read more from BBC »

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