Africa: Nile Dam Talks Stall Once more As International locations Disagree On AU Consultants’ Position – NewsEverything Africa

The African Union brokered negotiations over Ethiopia’s Nile dam challenge ended with out a breakthrough on the weekend because the three international locations disagreed on the position of consultants.

Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan had resumed talks on the weekend on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Nevertheless, they didn’t agree on the way in which ahead for additional negotiations that would finally result in a ultimate deal.

Yasser Abbas, Sudan’s Minister of Irrigation and Water Assets, late on Sunday mentioned the ministerial assembly couldn’t agree on a change within the negotiating course of to develop the position of the AU consultants.

Sudan urged increasing the position of the African Union consultants within the talks, however Egypt and Ethiopia rejected the proposal.

“The assembly didn’t make any progress as a result of Sudan insisted that consultants appointed by the AU be mandated to suggest options to contentious points and finalise a draft settlement,” Egypt’s International Ministry mentioned.

Cairo and Addis Ababa argued that the consultants weren’t certified to hold out the duty.

“The African Union consultants usually are not specialists within the engineering and technical fields related to managing water assets and working dams,” Cairo mentioned.

Addis Ababa didn’t instantly react to the newest standoff.

Naledi Pandor, the International Minister of South Africa – which is the present chair of the African Union – voiced her “remorse that the talks reached a lifeless finish”, based on the Sudan News Company.