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Talks on Ethiopia’s Blue Nile Dam End Without Progress

Two days of talks involving Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan mediated by the African Union over the use of water running through the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), located on the Blue Nile River, reportedly have ended without any progress. The negotiations talking place in Kinshasa ended Tuesday without reaching a deal, according to a statement released at the end of the talks.

Egypt’s foreign ministry said the talks were unable to move forward after Ethiopia rejected a proposal by Sudan to include international mediators in the talks, according to Al Jazeera.

Ethiopia announced a second filling of the dam is set to take place in July and will collect 13.5 billion cubic meters of water. This is three times more water than it collected last year in its first filling.

The Blue Nile is the main tributary of the Nile River, which provides Egypt with about 90 percent of its water needs. Sudan and Egypt fear unchecked filling of the massive dam will cause either severe droughts or flooding in in some of the areas of their countries. Ethiopia says the dam project is key to its economic development and to generating power for its citizens.