Sudan, Egypt Review Ethiopian Proposal To Study Impact Of Its Blue Nile Dam Project

"PM Meles Zenawi meets Egyptian popular delegation"
After talks with Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, Dr. Mustafa Elgendy, Head of the Delegation and former Member of Parliament said their visit was a success.

KHARTOUM, May 25 (BERNAMA-NNN-SUNA) — Sudan and Egypt are reviewing an Ethiopian proposal to set up a joint technical tripartite committee to study the technical issues and impact of Ethiopia’s Millennium Dam, which is under construction on the Blue Nile River some 40 km east of Sudan in the Benishangul-Gumuz Region of Ethiopa.

This came about when the ministers of Irrigation and Water Resources of Sudan and Egypt, Kamal Ali Mohamed and Dr. Hussein El-Atfy respectively, co-chaired a session of talks here Tuesday along with the participation of the State Minister at the Ministry of Irrigation and a number senior officials of the two countries.

The talks touched on some proposals discussed by joint technical committees and would be forwarded to the countries of the Nille Basin Initiative, on a compromise formula regarding the Nile Basin Framework Agreement.

Meanwhile, Mohamed said in a statement to SUNA that the meeting also reviewed a report about the visit of the Egyptian Prime Minister to Uganda, besides the means of boosting co-operation with other countries of the Nile Basin and the proposals that would be formulated concerning the framework agreement.

Mohamed added that the meeting took place as part of Sudanese-Egyptian relations, indicating that they discussed issues of the Nile water and heard a report on the outcome of the visit and talks between the Egyptian Prime Minister with his Ethiopian counterpart on Ethiopia’s proposal to set up a tripartite technical committee to discuss the issues and impacts of the Millennium Dam near borders as well as the Prime Minister’s visit to Uganda.

The minister explained that the meeting also touched on activation of the permanent Sudanese-Egyptian technical commission on the Nile Water as well as the joint co-ordination in the coming meeting of the Nile Basin Initiative.

The minister described the meeting as positive and aimed to bolstering the co-operation between the two countries as well as the co-operation with the other Nile Basin countries.

On the impact of the establishment of the State of South Sudan on the water of the River Nile, the minister said the South had been part of the Nile Basin Treaty of 1959 at which many projects were established in both North and South Sudan, revealing that there was a plan to use Sudan’s share in the Nile water from Nemoli (at the Sudanese-Ugandan border) till Dal in the North.

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