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Nile River dam talks resume, but still no agreement

Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan resumed negotiations on filling Ethiopia's mega dam on Friday.

Tripartite negotiations on Ethiopia’s Nile River dam continue without progress toward an agreement. The talks follow a UN Security Council meeting last week on Ethiopia’s planned filling of the dam and opposition from Egypt and Sudan.

Ethiopia wants to fill the massive Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) this month. The dam is on the Blue Nile River, which flows into the Nile. Ethiopia wants the project to supply the country with hydroelectric power and help alleviate poverty, while Egypt and Sudan believe that filling the dam will deplete water levels in the Nile in their countries. The river is a major part of east African economies.

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