Nile talks stall, escalating African tensions

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This satellite image taken on June 26 2020 shows the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile river in the Benishangul-Gumuz region of Ethiopia. Picture: Maxar Technologies via AP
This satellite image taken on June 26 2020 shows the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile river in the Benishangul-Gumuz region of Ethiopia. Picture: Maxar Technologies via AP

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African Union-brokered talks ended without an agreement on a disputed dam project on the Nile River’s main tributary, potentially ratcheting up tensions between two key US allies on the continent.

The negotiations over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam in Ethiopia have again foundered over the pace at which the country plans to fill the 74 billion cubic-metre reservoir, stoking Egypt’s concern that it will lose control over its water supply to a regional upstream rival.

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