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Egypt & Ethiopia Are On Verge Of War Over Water As Nile Crisis Escalates

• by Tyler Durden

According to the Russian-language report, negotiations between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia resumed on Sunday over a set of issues related to building a huge hydroelectric station on the Nile.

"The Ethiopians are building on the Blue Nile, Africa's largest hydroelectric power plant, surpassing the Sayano Shushenskaya Hydropower Station," journalist Yevgeny Krotikov said, pointing out that Ethiopia would become the second largest generator of electricity in Africa.

And Bloomberg confirms that the Russia-sponsored talks have failed :

A last ditch attempt to resolve a decade-long dispute between Egypt and Ethiopia over a huge new hydropower dam on the Nile has failed, raising the stakes in what - for all the public focus on technical issues - is a tussle for control over the region's most important water source.

The talks appear to have faltered over a recurring issue: Ethiopia's refusal to accept a permanent, minimum volume of water that the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, or GERD, should release downstream in the event of severe drought.